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International Day of Women & Girls in Science

Posted By Administration, 09 January 2017
The International Day of Women & Girls in Science will be held at United Nations Headquarters on 10 February 2017.
Registration is now open: https://t.co/tFbc2jCVwo

Tags:  conference  gender equality  United Nations 

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Apply to French Fellowships l’Oréal-UNESCO, For Women in Science

Posted By Administration , 09 January 2017

Apply from 9 January to 27 March 2017. More info at: http://epws.org/apply-french-fellowships-loreal-unesco/

Tags:  call  fellowship  L'Oréal 

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C. Megan Urry, Peering Into Universe, Spots Bias on the Ground

Posted By Administration, 01 December 2016

C. Megan Urry is a former president of the American Astronomical Society and the first woman to head the physics department at Yale University.

Read the complete article on the website of the New York Times
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Tags:  astronomy  Gender  gender bias 

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Quantitative Evaluation of Gender Bias in Astronomical Publications from Citation Counts

Posted By Administration, 07 November 2016
The authors analyse the role of first (leading) author gender on the number of citations that a paper receives, on the publishing frequency and on the self-citing tendency.
Read the complete abstract here on the website of the Cornell University Library.

Tags:  gender bias  publications 

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Thursday 3 November is European Equal Pay Day

Posted By Administration, 03 November 2016

Brussels, 31 October 2016 - Statement of First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourová on European Equal Pay Day

Thursday 3 November is European Equal Pay Day, representing the day in the year when women across Europe stop being paid due to the gender pay gap; with the average hourly wage for women in Europe being 16.7 % lower than it is for men, they in effect work 16% of the year for free.

Ahead of this occasion, First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Thyssen and Commissioner Jourová said:

"If the average European man stops work today, he still gets paid as much this year as the average European woman who keeps working until 31 December. That is not fair, not sustainable and frankly not acceptable. European employers must stop sending the message that women are worth two pay cheques less than men each year.

Men and women in the European Union are equal –that is one of our fundamental values. But on our labour market, even in the year of 2016, this is not yet a reality.

The truth is that the workplace remains an area where women and men don't have the same chances. For equivalent work, men are on average paid more.

The glass-ceiling still exists: although more women have a university degree than men, less than 5% of company leaders in the EU are women. This is a waste of female talent. In general, women often work in lower paid sectors, and in addition, men are less likely to interrupt their careers and to take care of their children or of dependent relatives. As a result, it is most of the time women who spend less time in paid work and have a harder time to combine work and family.

These inequalities are reflected in the hourly pay for women. It is still 16.7 % lower than that of their male colleagues. At the current pace the gender pay gap is declining so slowly that it will be 2086 before women are paid as much as men.

The Commission is committed to work hard to close the gender pay gap. We have consulted social partners and the wider public on how we should better tackle the challenge of work-life balance so that both women and men can achieve their full potential on the labour market while enjoying family life.

Now that the consultations with our social partners are closed, the Commission will come forward with a proposal for working families in 2017 which will not only help working parents and carers to find the right balance between their private and professional life, but will also increase women's participation in the labour market. More equality in the uptake and choice in leave schemes is needed, as well as flexible working arrangements and more affordable childcare. Men should be able to choose to care for their families in the same way as women can do and businesses should be able to retain and promote the skilled women that Europe needs. The Commission will also continue to support Member States' efforts to combat the gender pay gap on the ground.

So today, on European Equal Pay Day, we take a stand to give women and men the same opportunities on the labour market. The same pay for the same work in the same place is not only a fundamental European value, our competitiveness will also depend on allowing female talent to flourish so all of us are lifted up."

More information in the  EU and country specific factsheets

Tags:  Europe  gender equality 

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Nature News&Comments - Science and sexism: In the eye of the Twitterstorm

Posted By Administration, 12 July 2016
Published in Nature: https://t.co/4JuHlCoBZx

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2nd edition of Science by Women program by the Women for Africa Foundation

Posted By Administration, 05 July 2016
See the call for applications at https://t.co/h367VLJJi4

Tags:  call  women  Women for Africa Foundation 

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UK risks losing over 33,000 much-needed female scientists each year, research shows

Posted By Administration, 05 July 2016

Some female students report feeling 'lonely and isolated' in their studies which has put them off going further.  

Read the full article on the website of the Independent.

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European conference on gender equality in higher education and research

Posted By Administration, 27 June 2016

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3 and the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), with strong support from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, are inviting researchers, professors, administrators, policy-makers, practitioners and students to Paris, on 12-14 September 2016, to attend the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education.

Visit the conference website for details.


Tags:  2016  conferences  gender equality 

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EPWS - Why science needs women and men: interview on International Innovation

Posted By Administration, 27 May 2016
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