Women in Science program

Gender perspective has emerged especially in the last 20 years. Historical studies go back to the 18th Century. From the 1970th, with the beginning of the women movement, it started to be more prominent. However, recent outstanding reports from institutions like UNESCO or United Union have highlighted the broader and unjustified inequalities between women and men that have persisted across time, culture and geography. Women still account for a minority in Science since they just represent 30% of the world’s researchers. They are also disadvantaged in hiring, getting a promotion, awarding of grants or inviting to conferences. Moreover, the proportion of female authors and reviewers in high level scientific journals is still low. This under-representation negatively affects the careers of thousands of female scientists and the advancement of science globally.
Since 2007, the European commission, as part of the 7th framework program and now with the Horizon 2020 program, launched calls for projects to implement a full set of measures to achieve gender equality and fight gender-based stereotypes in research and the academia. Gender equality and gender dimension in research are now also frequently highlighted in major scientific Journals, as Science, Nature, The Lancet…. The renewed visibility of women in science, medicine and global health, such as the Twitter campaign #allmalepanel, show the need of actions in terms of communication. However, hundreds of organizations are working on it and the actions are dispersed.

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Manga Books (Coming soon)

3 stories on women working in various scientific fields whose careers are facing biases and stereotypes…Read more

Webinar: Put talent first Practical steps to eliminate gender bias in science

A live roundtable organized with Science magazine with four experts in gender bias in science…Watch the webinar