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EU fails to push gender equality in academia

Europe needs to put in place stronger measures, such as tying funding to gender equality, to close the continuing gender gap in the higher ranks of academia, according to the Commission’s latest She Figures report.

The report shows that men still outnumber women four to one in senior academic positions in Europe, although women now make up nearly half of PhD students. Within the fields of science and engineering, the gender divide is more pronounced (see graph). Existing measures, such as making sure the hiring of scientists is as objective as possible, are not sufficient to boost equality, the Commission’s report, published last month, concludes.

She Figures, compiled every three years, gives an account of women’s participation in science and research, in both education and employment, in the EU and several associated countries.

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