Hacking Women’s Health at CHI

21Jul - by Angelika - 0 - In #CHIversity

As you might remember, back in May a bunch of us attended CHI2017 in Denver, Colorado. As part of that conference, Madeline Balaam, Lone Koefoed Hansen and some other amazing women organised a workshop titled Hacking Women’s Health.

After the conference Madeline and Lone wrote a fantastic Interactions Blog post about their experience of running the workshop, but also about what it means to be a woman working on women’s health research in the CHI community.

However, it’s also not easy to do research in an area, when the majority of the field think it is only relevant for a minority. We are acutely attuned to how the current political and social climate impacts our work. We notice how a workshop on “hacking women’s health” makes it/us counter- or anti- just by naming it “women’s health,” even if half the world’s population identify as female.

I don’t want to copy and paste the entire text they wrote into this post, but I would really encourage you to read the post. You can find Madeline and Lone’s blog post here and the workshop proceeding here.


At the end of the post, the also address some of the issues we faced when trying to get our #CHIversity campaign up and running. Particularly when we wanted to support Planned Parenthood with our little movement.

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