Being a Woman in Academia

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, we are showcasing the voices of women in academia. Hear from just a selection of our wonderful female authors as they tell us their stories of being a woman in their field of study, experiences of inequity, and what they believe to be key in tackling equity in academia and beyond.


You can also browse our book highlights, enjoy free access to a selection of books and journal articles, and read more fantastic insights from our female authors in a series of blog posts.


Dr. Cher Weixia Chen is an Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Studies, the founder of the Human Rights and Global Justice Initiative, a Senior Scholar of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, and a faculty fellow of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, George Mason University(GMU).

Dr. Chen co-created the undergraduate Social Justice and Human Rights concentration, Social Justice and Human Rights minor, and MAIS Social Justice and Human Rights concentration. She coordinates and teaches courses in the International Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice and Human Rights concentrations. Dr. Chen is the recipient of the 2021 GMU Oscar Mentoring Excellence Award.

She is the author of Compliance and Compromise: The Jurisprudence of Gender Pay Equity (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2011) and the co-author of International Human Rights: A Survey (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Dr Markey is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Health Sciences Department at Rutgers University, Camden. She is a world-leading expert in body image research, having studied body image and eating behaviour for over twenty-five years.

Dr Markey is the author of The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless and Being You:  The Body Image Book for Boys.  Her next book, Adultish: The Body Image Book for Life will be published next year (2024). Her research has gained widespread media attention, having been featured in publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, The Economist, ABC News, Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and NPR.

Leïla Choukroune is Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Initiative in Democratic Citizenship. She oversees the strategic leadership for interdisciplinary thematic research across five Faculties.

Her research focuses on the interactions between international trade and investment law, human rights, development studies, jurisprudence, and social theory. For the past twenty years, it is applied to the Global South, in India, South Asia, China and East Africa in particular.

Professor Choukroune is a leading global scholar and has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters and special issues in English, French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese and authored more than ten books, including International Economic Law.

Alison Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge. She is also a legal advisor to the Constitution Committee in the House of Lords and an academic associate at 39 Essex Chambers. She is the author of Turpin and Tomkins’ British Government and the Constitution (8th edition), Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution and Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act.

Blanca Maldonado is an archaeologist specialising in ancient metallurgy and production processes. Her specific areas of interest include pre-Columbian copper metallurgy in the New World, preindustrial non-ferrous metallurgy, and the cultural dynamics of technological practices, and her research has focused mainly on two geographical areas: Mesoamerica and the South Central Andes.

A tenured Professor-Researcher at the Center for Archaeological Studies at El Colegio de Michoacán, in Mexico, she also serves as Editor in Chief for Ancient Mesoamerica.

Inspiring reads

This month we’re highlighting some of our favourite books which tell the stories and experiences of women.

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Read our collection of books and journal articles for free this month in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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