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 3. Barriers Faced by Women Researchers: Segregation by Hierarchy

The number of female researchers in doctoral programmes has increased. However, men still outnumber women in professorships and the number of female deans and university rectors is low. There appears to be a glass ceiling separating women from higher academic decision-making positions in academic fields, as in other areas.


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