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CNRS makes slow progress toward gender equality

The number of women researchers at the CNRS, France’s national research centre, has barely changed since 1999, according to figures released by the centre.

In 2012, 42.6 per cent of research staff at the CNRS were women, up slightly from 42.2 per cent in 1999. Of employees with permanent contracts, the proportion who were women grew by about 0.2 per cent each year from 1999, reaching 32.8 per cent of the 11,312 permanent CNRS researchers in 2012.

Women continue to be poorly represented in leadership roles, holding 20 per cent of all such positions at the end of 2012. The figures show that just one of 10 institute directors was a woman and only 10 of the 50 assistant scientific directors of institutes were women.

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