Over twenty years ago I developed a course for the upper- level biology major at the University of San Francisco called
Female Biology. This was from what I perceived as a gap in the undergraduate biology curriculum- students were not learning about the evolutionary aspects of being female and studying the specific health-related issues unique to women. The information in the most widely used general biology textbooks written from a male perspective, focuses on research gained from male models by work conducted in male-led laboratories. There still exists a problem with a lack of adequate representation of women in biomedical research. The focus of the course is the unique biological aspects of the female sex. There is also an emphasis on the inequities experienced by female scientists. Topics covered include evolution and genetics of sex, gender identity, sexuality, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology. Additionally, an effort is made in this course to recognize disparities in healthcare across marginalized female and transgender populations.
Female Biology Copyright © 2023 by Jennifer A. Dever is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
Dever, Jennifer, "Female Biology" (2024). Biology Faculty Publications. 55.