Selected Fields 2020

Present - Gender Equality


The struggle for gender equality in the last two centuries has led to one of the most astonishing and effective societal transformations humanity has seen. Early feminists and their supporters struggled for women’s right to vote, to own property and engage in market transactions, to seek divorce and child custody, to receive equal pay – in other words, to be treated as full human beings in all spheres of life. What seemed unimaginable then is formally the reality for most women around the world today.

Yet the struggle is far from complete. Some campaigns benefited certain groups while leaving other women behind, calling attention to intersectionality and class dynamics. Moreover, the male-female binary that motivates feminist thought has come into question, drawing attention to the differences between groups of women, and to the impact on other gender minorities. At the same time, a glaring disparity between the formal equality of women and their lived realities, remains. Women still disproportionately endure sexual and domestic violence, workplace and pay discrimination and a greater burden of household care work. They are unequally represented in leadership positions and overly represented under the poverty line. And in communities following traditional orthodoxies, women are still subject to extreme forms of discrimination, subjugation and mutilation. These challenges have become more evident in the age of technological developments - that enabled movements such as #MeToo – and of globalization, which has enhanced questions of global and local power disparities. Feminists are thus called upon to develop new tools, methods, theories and strategies to respond to the different challenges.

The 2020 Dan David Prize in the Present Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose achievements are making a significant impact in the ongoing complex, multifaceted struggle for gender equality.