Have you noticed or experienced something that is gendered? (You probably did!) Please tell us! This encyclopedia will never be complete without your stories about gendered products, places, practices, phenomena, policies, histories, beliefs, biases, speech, et cetera… So, we invite you to submit an entry on a word you think is missing in the encyclopedia. You can find out how to do this below.

How can I contribute?

You can send in your entry via this form.

We ask for your contact details in the form, so we can discuss any edits we might make to the text or questions we have. For more information about how and where we store your contact details, please see our privacy policy. You can also send in an entry anonymously, without leaving personal details. In that case, we reserve the right to make any changes to your entry before placing it online.

Can everybody contribute?

Yes! We invite everyone to contribute! We want to include as many perspectives as possible. You can also contribute anonymously.

What can I write about?

We believe everything is gendered, so in principle, you can write about everything. Write about something you feel passionate about, that you have experienced yourself or that you know much about. One important thing to bear in mind: be specific! The encyclopedia consists of entries around specific topics. An analysis of gender performances inspired by Judith Butler is super interesting, but not suitable for this platform because it’s hard to link to a concrete and specific topic. Rather, we are looking for concrete, everyday issues with gendered aspects like toilets, bicycles or earphones!

What should an entry look like?

Preferably you write a text in an accessible, clear and concise way. The simpler the language, the better. Jokes are allowed! We will read and edit each text (in correspondence with you) to be sure it’s inclusive and not offensive to anyone. An entry can be very short, say 100 words (see e.g. Visa). There is no formal word limit but most entries are between 400 and 1000 words. Some entries (see e.g. Rape) demand more in-depth analysis. If you are unsure about the length, just send us an email and we can discuss how to keep your entry concise. Each entry consists of three elements: a definition, the main body text and sources. You only need to send in the main body text and the sources you’ve used.

Please consult our Writing Guide and APA Guide before you start writing an entry. Here you will find all the details of what you need to know to get started.

What happens with my entry once I’ve sent it in?

We will check your text for inclusivity, language and grammar and accuracy. If you’ve left your contact details, we will inform you of any changes we make. We reserve the rights to use the entry on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. We also reserve the rights to use the entry for possible future press and print purposes, like an actual feminist encyclopedia in book-form (how cool would that be!). Finally, we reserve the rights to take your entry offline at any moment. We will always credit your contribution by mentioning your name, if you have indicated you want to be credited.

What if I want to contribute but don’t know what to write about?

Lack of Inspiration? Check out our Prompt Generator for some ideas to get you started!

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If an entry does not read well, if an entry is missing an important perspective, or if you find the use of a particular word or sentence problematic, please contact us at: That way, you can help us keep up with intersectional feminist developments.

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Alba van Vliet

Alba (she/her) is a political economy student from Amsterdam, interested in radical political theory and involved in student activism.


Alexandra Biris

Alex (she/her) studies global education policy and wants to promote access to quality education for all. She loves political philosophy and enjoys reading feminist literature focusing on men and masculinity.


Alissia Bourguignon

Alissia Bourguignon (she/ her) is an intersectional feminist, women's rights advocate and growing human rights expert. With a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation alongside a strong focus on gender, she is always looking for opportunities where she can put her passion to work.


Allegra Wirmer

Allegra (she/her) is a master student in international relations at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her main interests lie in international politics, human rights, and gender equality.


Ana Antadze

Ana (she/they) is a feminist, an explorer and a writer. With tools of heart and mind they aspire to disentangle injustice and seed tenderness. 


Anna Ehrhart

Anna (she/her) is a PhD candidate in gender, politics and democratization currently based in Sweden and Turkey. She is particularly interested in working on gender equality, women’s political leadership, youth engagement and civil society.


Annabelle Ott

Annabelle (she/her) is an English and Woman and Gender Studies student at Regis university in the United States. She has always been interested in gender, how it shapes the world we live in, and how to unpack and reflect on that fact.


Anne van der Linden

Anne (she/her) is a feminist and master's student in Asian Studies with a particular interest in gender, sexuality and feminist theory. She aspires to use the pen as her sword to battle inequality.


Anne-Di Berdin

Anne-Di (she/her) is an intellectually curious individual whose passions include archaeology, history, and development research. She advocates for gender equality, access to education and contraceptives especially for women and girls in the Global South. In her free time, she likes to read books, exercise, and go for a walk.


Benjamin Grant

Benjamin (he/him) lives in Brighton with his partner Indy and dog Nova. He is a frontend software engineer with a love for climbing, hiking, and all things outdoors.


Benny Cardullo

Benny (he/they) is a recent postgraduate of Gender (Sexuality) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. With a background in strategic communications, religion, and gender (sexuality) studies, his research explores the intersections of theology and gender.


Clara Isabel Girón Pacheco

Clara (she/her) is completing a PhD within the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. Her research involves a decolonial analysis of the narrative of peace through an assessment of the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security framework. She is currently making London her home, grew up in Germany and is of Spanish origin. In her role as a core team member of THIS IS GENDERED she focuses on writing and editing. Clara is particularly interested in unearthing the gendered and colonial dynamics found in everyday concepts and practices. Outside of her feminist professions, she is a musical theatre enthusiast, an adult ballerina, and enjoys knitting in her downtime.


Donika Elshani

Donika (she/her) is born and raised in Pristina (Kosovo). She studies Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University in The Hague. In 2016, she teamed up with 25 young women coders in Kosovo to create “WalkFreely” - an app to report sexual harassment.


Ella Lawton

Ella (she/they) is a Journalism and Public Relations student in Bristol, England. Core team member of THIS IS GENDERED, assists in writing and social media. Feminist, interested in human rights and equality.


Francesco Zaccarian

Francesco (he/him) is a chemistry graduate from the University of Cambridge. He is pursuing a career in food science, while working on providing circular, sustainable and accessible sanitary pads with MUSA Social Venture.


Ina Martin

Ina (she/her) recently graduated from PPLE College at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently working within the field of foreign affairs and transatlantic relations in Berlin. Her areas of interest are human rights, asylum law and international relations.


Indy Grant

Indy (she/they) currently lives in the UK with their husband and dog, and studied PPLE at the University of Amsterdam. They have conducted several discourse analyses to expose binary sex/gender language in official literature from large corporations. When not writing about patriarchy, you can find them hiking in the mountains.


Irene Feria Prados

Irene (she/her) is an architect and researcher based in Rotterdam. She is strongly interested in intersectional feminism and decolonialism, aiming to bring attention to these topics in her profession.


Jana Sopf

Jana (she/her) is a marketer and linguist. She holds an MSc in Business and Marketing from the Warwick Business School and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Warwick. Her areas of interest are sustainability, human rights, and international relations.


Jenny Gillen

Jenny (she/her) is a recent graduate of the Masters Programme in Public International Law at Leiden University. She currently works in a humanitarian aid charity in Dublin, Ireland. In her spare time she can be found starting new craft projects she will never finish and experimenting with vegan baking.


Julia Forgacs

Julia (she/her) is an artist, scholar and activist from Berlin.
She is working on creating and participating in community spaces that
focus on building new relationships, knowledge exchange, support and


Karolina Hwija

Karolina (she/her) is a Polish national based in Amsterdam whose research focuses on European competition law and gender equality. She works towards making the issue of gender inequality more acknowledged by competition authorities to necessitate taking action in that area.


Kim Vrij

Kim Vrij (she/her) is an Amsterdam-based writer and content creator with Surinamese roots. Her passions include travelling, learning new languages, dance and literature.


Lara Roeven

Lara (she/her) is a research consultant studying gender and social inequality in agriculture and natural resource management around the world.



Laura is a German freelance writer/artist, living in Scotland. A survivor of childhood abuse, she struggles with Complex Trauma and has a Dissociative Identity. She is passionate about feminism, animal rights, and trauma awareness. She writes about these topics on her blog FemVegTrauma and runs the Vegan Feminist Penpals group.


Laura Becerra López

Laura (she/her) is a feminist, anthropologist and migrant. She was born and raised in Colombia and now lives in the Netherlands. For her master’s degree, she studied stigma among abortion practitioners. As a core team member of THIS IS GENDERED, she assists with partnership opportunities and outreach efforts.


Leeuw van Moerkerken

Leeuw (he/him) is an Amsterdam-based Dutch-Brazilian writer, filmmaker, singer, and columnist. He debuted with the novel ‘Kapotspelen’ after which he studied psychology and interdisciplinary social sciences before becoming an independent filmmaker, working on development aid projects in West Africa.


Lena Pierskalla

Lena (she/her) is student in cultural studies and translation between German and Czech, living in the Czech Republic. She has been reading about feminism for a long time and is especially interested in how feminism looks in different countries and cultures.


Madeleine Chaput

Madeleine (she/ her) is a South African lifestyle journalist who is interested in people; their stories and experiences- particularly those of women and how they navigate the world.


Madison O’Sullivan

Madison (she/her) is a college student-athlete from Arizona studying environmental science. She has an interest in climate change and continues to explore ways that she can use her voice within her area of study and other areas of social justice.


Maria Hebling

Maria (she/her) is a Brazilian poet and social activist. She is currently a Comparative Literature student at Dartmouth College who aims to voice provocative messages about feminism and mental health through art.


Marie Lou Hartmann

Marie Lou (she/her) is a Master student in Gender Studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. She works in the field of gender equality at her university and prefers to deal with issues of social justice and equality.


Marie-Anne van Reijen

Marie-Anne (she/her) is a board member at THIS IS GENDERED and has a background in political science and psychology. She takes particular interests in the gendered aspects of politics and international relations.  


Martyna Burylo

Martyna (she/her) is a feminist and social democrat. She studies Politics, Psychology, Law & Economics with hopes of becoming a societal menace one day, a strong independent sensitive woman. 


Melike Bilgic

Melike (she/her) is a psychology student who is very passionate about intersectional feminism and feminist research. She wants to shed a light on gender differences in health related aspects and the causes for those discrepancies next to other crucial subjects.


Melina Elverdal

Melina (she/her) is a graduate of International and European Law. Her main interests include menstrual activism, reproductive justice, and International Humanitarian Law. As an active member of THIS IS GENDERED, she assists with our community building, partnerships and social media outreach efforts


Olivia Rocha

Olivia (she/her) has a background in Cultural Studies and Curation. She is interested in the ways gender intersects with popular culture, colonialism, and capitalism.


Penelope Kacandes

Penelope (she/her) is from Greece and currently completing an MSc. in Human Rights at University College Dublin. Her areas of interests are feminism, refugee rights, and health.


Phaedra Haringsma

Phaedra (she/her) is a student of International Relations at the London School of Economics, interested in postcolonial theory, migration and issues of social justice. She became an avid film photographer after thieves decided that her digital cameras were valuable enough to steal, as opposed to the vintage ones.


Rebecca Willems

Rebecca (she/her) is a vegan feminist currently working in Dubai. During her studies in Conflict Resolution and Mediation she put a lot of focus on sustainability, LGBTQ+ rights and gender issues across the globe. 


Roos Creygthon

Roos Creyghton (she/her) has obtained an LLB and BSc in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics from the University of Amsterdam and an LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science specialising in Public International Law. She is interested in the eradication of poverty, the achievement of radical gender equality, and the study of philosophy and international law.


Sabrina Friebe

Sabrina (she/her) is a political science student from Germany, interested in peace and conflict studies and wants to work towards building a more inclusive and just society. 


Selina Bischler

Selina (she/her), currently based in Germany, recently finished her Master in Global Gender Studies and International Relations from Aalborg University. She is now working in the field of international development. Her interests include among others: Postcolonial theory, intersectional feminism, gendered medicine and more.


Shikha Bhatnagar

Shikha has over 20 years of expertise working on social impact issues such as women’s rights, health equity, and economic justice. Most recently she was Director of Development at National Health Foundation and Executive Director of the South Asian Network in Los Angeles.


Sibylle Loock

Sibylle (she/ her) is a Political Communication student with a background in Political Science. She enjoys discussing and writing about political theory, feminism, as well as the German education system.


Simon Calò

Simon (he/him) is a physicist and data scientist with many passions: from learning about inequality to leveraging the power of data to uncover unexpected patterns.


Sonal Gupta

Sonal (she/her) is a media and development communication practitioner from India. As a core team member of THIS IS GENDERED, she assists in the editing and publishing of entries, in addition to exploring partnership and outreach opportunities for the organisation.


Sorcha Lanigan

Sorcha is from Cork, Ireland and has a degree in Law and an MSc. in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is currently completing an MA in International Relations and doing work for two human rights NGOs in The Netherlands. Her area of interest is refugee and asylum seeker rights.


Stefani Konstantinesku

Stefani (she/her) is an Arts and Culture graduate, with a specialisation in gender and diversity studies. She currently resides in London and is passionate about politics, sustainability, gender, sexuality, and social justice. In her spare time, she enjoys attending exhibitions at various art galleries, walking around the city, and discussing independent films.


Tanya Mittal

Tanya (she/her) is vocal about gender issues in spaces around her, having actively volunteered with social platforms like Pink Legal and Girl Up. She's majoring in History at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. She strongly believes that the 'stree' behind her strength, is her Mother!


Tegan Insoll

Tegan (she/her) is an international human rights lawyer specialised in the rights of the child and global health law. She is currently a Researcher and Specialist at Protect Children, a Finnish NGO working to prevent all forms of sexual violence against children.


Tess de Rooij

Tess (she/her) is co-founder of THIS IS GENDERED and has a background in politics and (medical) philosophy. On this platform, she mostly likes to write about the gendered aspects of language, employment, health and public spaces.


Thaís Ferreira de Souza

Thaís (she/her) is a Human Rights legal practitioner from Brazil. She has practical and academic experience in criminal justice, having worked in a domestic court in Brazil and at the International Criminal Court as a Visiting Professional.


Úna Mac Donnchadha 

Úna Mac Donnchadha (she/her) is an intersectional feminist and a recent graduate from the MSc in Cutural and Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her main political and social passions concern equality for gender minorities, the use of language in exploring queer identities, and ideas of community and belonging.


Vedika Lal

Vedika Lal (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the field of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on gender gaps in leadership, examining factors that can dismantle existing gender-leader stereotypes.


Vincent Straub

Vincent (he/him) is a researcher. He is currently a member of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute.