Voices of Resilience: Emily Courey Pryor

Voices of Resilience: A Conversation with Emily Courey Pryor

August 2020 – Emily Courey Pryor is the executive director of Data2X, an advocacy and technical platform at the United Nations Foundation. Proposed in 2012 by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Data2X aims to eliminate gender bias from major data sources and improve the availability, equality, and use of gender data. At Data2X, gender data is produced and strengthened through collaboration with an assortment of impressive partnerships.

Emily joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson on the Vital Voices Podcast to talk about gender data, emphasizing that data is not only technical, but inherently political. In their provocative conversation, we become aware of the insidious nature of bias in data, especially as it relates to policy influence. Courey Pryor explains that bias in data, whether intentional or unintentional, perpetuates stereotypes about gender, ethnicity, race, and other identity facets throughout decision-making processes. In this discussion, we learn that accurate gender data isn’t just crucial to measuring the achievements and accomplishments of women, but it is instrumental in understanding the steps we still need to take in order to achieve comprehensive, sustainable equity.


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This post was written by Annalysse Mason.