EP adopts report on underrepresentation of women in science and technology
On 14 July 2015, the European Parliament's Women's Rights Committee adopted a report on the representation of women in the science, research and technology sector. Although half of the population are women, they represent only 33% of European researchers, 20% of university professors and 15.5 % of heads of institutions in the higher education sector. Even though the representation of women might be increasing, the report states that further positive action is required in order to get through the glass ceiling barrier. It also proposes measures to help women to overcome these barriers.
These measures should include absolute fairness in the hiring process or eliminating misogynist stereotypes or prejudices. The report also calls for improving network opportunities for female scientists at the regional, national and European level as well as for campaigns to encourage women to pursue scientific careers, especially in engineering and technology. Gender equality plans should be created and be considered as a precondition for access to public funding. In addition, there should be programmes to actively encourage women to continue their careers after maternity leave.
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