Women in Scientific Careers

Unleashing the Potential

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While women account for more than half of university graduates in several OECD countries, they receive only 30% of tertiary degrees granted in science and engineering fields. This publication presents the proceedings of a recent international workshop to assess the underlying causes behind the low participation of women in scientific careers, especially at senior levels, and to identify good practice policies to attract, recruit and retain women in scientific careers in public and private research.



Part 2. Barriers Faced by Women Researchers: Segregation by Field of Work

During the last three decades much has been done to improve the production and dissemination of statistics that reflect the actual situation of women and men in society. Gender statistics describe social progress from the perspective of gender equality. In order to accomplish this, all statistics on individuals must be available by sex and reflect society’s gender equality issues. Today most national statistical offices have a policy that all data on individuals should be disaggregated by sex. Gender statistics is a relatively new field that cuts across all traditional statistical fields.


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