The University of Tokyo and the University of Cambridge are both committed to equality of opportunity and the promotion of an inclusive culture and the value of diversity. In this session, we focus on the issue of gender equality, which is a topic of mutual interest to the two institutions.
The four prestigious speakers will talk about how history reflects on the gendering of the academy in the past and, going forward, challenges and opportunities for universities and relevant research. The session aims to increase our understanding and awareness of gender, gender research and its relevance in historical, social, and academic contexts, and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

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Summary report of the Gender Equality session



Sigal Spigel

Centre for Gender Studies
University of Cambridge

Sigal Spigel is a clinical psychologist working at a local mental health hospital with young people presenting with eating disorders, and also in a private practice. She is a founding member of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, currently coordinating and chairing the Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar at the centre. Her academic work focused on motherhood, feminism and psychoanalysis. She is the co-founder of MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), an interdisciplinary international research network that brings together maternal research across the disciplines. Sigal co-edit MaMSIE’s open access peer-reviewed journal Studies in the Maternal.


Mariko Ogawa

Deputy Director
Office for Gender Equality
The University of Tokyo

Mariko Ogawa is specializing in sociology and law, gender studies. Her research interests include gender equality policy, domestic violence, women’s shelter, women’s leadership in higher education, disaster transmission from a gender and diversity perspective. Her publication, “Domestic Violence to Minkan Shelter” (Domestic Violence and Women’s Shelters , 2015, Japan, Seori Shobo), received the Raicho Hiratsuka Prize from Japan Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan. Her recent English co-authors publication includes “Japanese Women in Leadership” (2021, Palgrave Macmillan), and "Gender and Structural Violence" (2019, Rawat Publishers).

Lucy Delap

Modern British and Gender History
University of Cambridge

Lucy Delap is a Professor in Modern British and Gender history at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College. She has published widely on the history of feminism, gender, labour and religion, including the prize-winning The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the early twentieth century, Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain in 2011, and Feminisms: a global history in 2020. With Dr Ben Griffin, she curated The Rising Tide in 2019, an exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first women undergraduates studying at the University of Cambridge.

Yuki Honda

Graduate School of Education
The University of Tokyo

Prof. Honda’s specialty is sociology of education. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Tokyo with a thesis on the youth labor market in Japan. She was a researcher at the Japan Institute of Labour, where she conducted research on the job market for new graduates from universities and high schools. She moved then to the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo as an associate professor of sociology. She joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Education in 2007. She has published papers and books about changes in the relations between education, work, and family in Japan.

Brigitte Steger

Associate Professor
Modern Japanese Studies
University of Cambridge

Brigitte Steger (PhD Japanese Studies, Vienna) is Associate Professor in Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge. She studies the social and cultural embeddedness of seemingly natural, bodily matters and daily life such as sleep, time, cleanliness, waste disposal and shelter life. She is the chair of the Japanese Gender Studies Group at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and in this capacity she co-edited Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge (Lit, 2013), Cool Japanese Men: Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge (2017), and Beyond Kawaii: Studying Japanese Femininities at Cambridge (2020).