The Gender Gap – What is the cause?
Young women scientists are leaving academia in pronounced numbers. Women earn about half the doctorates but comprise only 21% of full science professors. The greatest numbers of attrition occur at Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellow’s level because women are often compelled to choose between motherhood and career. Not only is there is intense competition at a career stage that coincides with optimal fertility, but there is a lack of visible role models and the existence of tacit/overt discrimination and unconscious bias remains.
Hack the Gender Gap
- Seminars with expert speakers
- Mentorship program to connect young students with visible role models
- Training and Workshops on leadership, equity issues, work-life balance, dealing with imposter syndrome and more!
Fundraising for Practical & Tangible Solutions
- Stipend to salary
- Administrative assistance
- Augment domestic costs
- Support to attend conferences and speaking engagements
Lobby and Advocate
- Annual Forum
- Community, institutional and structural changes
Academia, research and science are no exception when it comes to gender inequality. We believe that institutions that are commended for bringing erudition and progress to the world should lead the way in closing the gender gap. For that purpose, both men and women need to acknowledge its existence, and help build an academia that will maximize intellectual capital and bring equal human rights to the workplace. Gender inequality is not just a “women’s problem”, we need everyone to help fix this, we need change at every level and we all need to listen.