Female Faculty: Why So Few and Why Care?
Other text in scientific journal, 2020

Despite slow ongoing progress in increasing the representation of women in academia, women remain significantly under-represented at senior levels, in particular in the natural sciences and engineering. Not infrequently, this is downplayed by bringing forth arguments such as inherent biological differences between genders, that current policies are adequate to address the issue, or by deflecting this as being “not my problem” among other examples. In this piece we present scientific evidence that counters these claims, as well as a best-practice example, Genie, from Chalmers University of Technology, where one of the authors is currently employed. We also highlight particular challenges caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, we conclude by proposing some possible solutions to the situation and emphasize that we need to all do our part, to ensure that the next generation of academics experience a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment.





women in STEM


Shina Caroline Lynn Kamerlin

Uppsala University

Pernilla Wittung Stafshede

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemical Biology

Chemistry - A European Journal

0947-6539 (ISSN) 1521-3765 (eISSN)

Vol. 26 38 8319-8323

Gender Initiative for Excellence (Genie)

The Chalmers University Foundation, 2019-01-01 -- 2028-12-31.

Subject Categories

Gender Studies

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

International Migration and Ethnic Relations





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