The science of difference: The invisibility of women in health sciences

Carme Valls-Llobet


Women remained invisible in health sciences until the late twentieth century, as they were not part of the researched cohort studies. Thanks to the efforts of different groups of feminist researchers, we were able to visualise the need to change those paradigms. But while gender perspectives have allowed us to research unknown science aspects, gender has sometimes contributed to rendering women’s health invisible. For women to be treated equally, their differences have to be recognised, precisely so they can defend their right to quality life. The science of difference should be included in research and taught in all health science specialisations.


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