an association for academics, practitioners, and activists advancing gender equality worldwide

raising the profile of

gender expertise.

The Society of Gender Professionals (SGP) is an international association of gender practitioners, academics, and activists dedicated to promoting feminist action and applied research, and raising the profile of gender expertise around the world.


Our Goals

Promote the development of intersectional gender expertise for professional practice.

Strengthen connections between gender theory, policy, and practice.

Support member collaboration, network-building, mentoring, and leadership.

Foster the production and dissemination of applied gender research.

Provide a platform for the exchange of gender information and resources.

Advance gender equality in member communities through coordinated feminist action.


Our Story

Across the globe, our communities are struggling with questions of inequality and the ways in which gender, race, and class, among other factors, intersect to shape our opportunities and quality of life for better or worse. The challenges of our times require broader and more coordinated action.

Professionals working to combat gender inequalities, whether in academia, local community building and advocacy, public policy, or international development, largely operate independently of one another and without coordination. We started SGP to meet our urgent professional needs as well as to connect, learn, and work together to answer pressing social equity questions in our communities.

Join SGP to connect and collaborate with gender professionals advancing gender equality across sectors and around the world.


Our Community

What is a “gender specialist?” How do we recognize “gender expertise?” What does it mean to be a gender practitioner, academic, or activist? SGP welcomes anyone and everyone using a gender lens to analyze and create sustainable interventions for a more equitable world.



Gender advisors, consultants, project managers, applied researchers, policy analysts, aid workers, and others who work on the frontlines of programs dealing with gender norms have a deep understanding of the challenges involved in promoting gender equality and institutionalizing more equal gender norms. Practitioners often work independently or are the only source of gender expertise in their organization. SGP Practitioners offer different perspectives, information, and skill sets.


Researchers and academics who work on issues related to gender equality often operate in silos; there is limited coordination and information-sharing between different fields of study. SGP welcomes academics from all fields, from political science and economics to anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies, to share their expertise, collaborate, and contribute to a nuanced understanding of gender norms worldwide.



By taking action to address gender inequalities, we are all activists in our own right.  With SGP, those who advocate for more equitable laws and policies, respect for human rights, and the dignity of our most underserved communities can share information, ideas, strategies, and experiences with other members to find ways to make our activist efforts more effective.


Whether you identify as a practitioner, academic, activist or something completely different, if you promote gender equality through your professional practice, we encourage you to get involved with SGP.

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Get Involved

Feeling motivated by our mission? There are many ways to get involved, whether it’s attending a launch event, starting an SGP Circle of gender professionals near you, or sharing resources on our Facebook page.  We are growing quickly.  For the latest updates, follow us on social media, become a member, and watch your inbox. 


Support gender professionals around the world by donating to SGP's startup fund.  SGP is currently applying for 501(c)3 status. Pending approval by the IRS, contributions will retroactively be recognized as tax exempt starting March 20, 2018.