Women in Science

Media coverage

'Women in STEM careers' (25 June 2013)
Commons Select Committee/British Pharmacological Society Report

Nature Special Supplement (7 March 2013)
Women in Science: The Gender Gap and how to close it
To celebrate International Women's Day on Friday, 8 March, Nature published a special on women in science. In this collection of articles written by women scientists, while a picture of embedded sexism emerges, a range of initiatives and implementations for change is described.

Link to nature.com/women.

Studies & Surveys

  • The Royal Society

Mothers in Science, 64 ways to have it all is a compilation of interviews with 64 women scientists who describe the challenges and joys of being career scientists and mothers in the timeline of their careers so far.
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  • Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS) report on women in higher education in 2010


This UIS report records an unprecedented rise in the number of women enrolled in higher education over the last 40 years.  In western europe in 1980s women's enrolments passed that of men's.  These changes reflect the change in attitudes towards women however the data, analysed by Chaio-Ling Chien, a UIS data analyst, shows that despite over representation as students, women are not on equal footing in the workplace and in decision-making/strategic positions.

  • The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention

In 2012, Curt Rice, in The Guardian's Higher education network (link to article), reported results from a UK Resource Centre for Women in SET/Royal Society of Chemistry sponsored study by Jessica Lober Newsome called  The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention (downloadable PDF) that only 12% of third year female PhD students want a career in academia. 

Creating dialogue in European scientific research (genSET) genSET (http://www.genderinscience.org/) is an innovative EC-funded project aiming to improve the excellence of European science through inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science knowledge making.  It is a forum for sustainable dialogue between European science leaders, science stakeholder institutions, gender experts, and science strategy decision-makers, to help implement effective overall gender

The EC phase of the project ended in March 2012, and genSET continues as a programme run by Portia Ltd.

The goal is to develop practical ways in which gender knowledge and gender mainstreaming expertise can be incorporated within European  science institutions in order to improve individual and collective capacity for action to increase women’s participation in science.

genSET focuses on five key areas where gender inequalities and biases disadvantages women’s participation in science:
1. science knowledge‐making; 2. research process; 3. recruitment and retention; 4. assessment of women’s work; and 5. science excellence value system.

Equality Challenge Unit


International Womens' Day logo

International Women's Day - 8 March - http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

UCL held events to celebrate this (see also "Celebrations of women scientists").

University of Venus: http://uvenus.org/

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