Learn on a Woman.
Save a Woman.

Here’s a fact that may shock you. Women are 27% less likely than men to receive CPR from bystanders in public. It’s easy to get angry. But you can’t blame bystanders. For years, our society has made touching breasts taboo. And while CPR training has become more commonplace, we still learn on male torsos.

Our goal is to bridge the gap in CPR training by normalizing a woman’s figure. So, we developed the Womanikin – a universal attachment that can easily be slipped over the common flat-chested CPR manikin.

It’s time to update the education process and drive equality in cardiac intervention.

Womanikin is brought to you by a collaboration of CPR experts, cardiologists, creatives, organizations and people who care about keeping women alive.

A Note on Intersectionality

The Womanikin team would like to note that disparities in administration of bystander CPR is not just an issue of gender, but of multiple intersecting demographic characteristics. In current scientific analyses of gender disparities among recipients of bystander CPR in the public, researchers control for age, race, and ethnicity, meaning we do not have conclusive answers on how this issue impacts different intersectional identities. We look forward to the continued academic exploration of this issue.

A Note on the name Womanikin

Manikin is the medical term for a CPR dummy, and much like the design of the dummy itself, this name treats “man” as a stand in for "universal human form." The name Womanikin draws attention to the huge portion of the population left out by current CPR manikins. We respectfully acknowledges that not all women have breasts and not all people with breasts are women. We’ve chosen to use the word “woman” to reflect the nomenclature of both the largest organizations that administer CPR training and the current research on gender disparities among recipients of bystander CPR.

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