Gertrud Åström is a business and organisation developer and one of Sweden's leading gender equality experts. She is originally from Kalix, has studied Social Sciences at Stockholm University and Uppsala University, and has for decades been involved in issues related to creating a society with equal opportunities for women and men.
In her book Kontakt i kris: om kvinnors plats i välfärdsstaten, Gertrud Åström problematises how norms shape a business, and how gender affects the design, power structure and resource allocation of an organisation. The book was published together with Professor Yvonne Hirdman in 1992.
In 2004, Gertrud Åström was appointed to lead the government’s work on gender equality policies and contributed to the report Makt att forma samhället och sitt eget liv. For several years, Gertrud Åström was the General Secretary of Ordfront and CEO of Ordfront (publisher). Today, Gertrud Åström runs the company Hela HUT AB with a focus on the importance of gender equality for sustainable development, and is regularly engaged as a lecturer and expert in gender issues.