Last year, The New York Times published an important article asking “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?”. If you haven’t read it then, go ahead and read it (I’m even keeping my post extra short today, so you can go and read this post – go figure!).
I don’t have the data of USFQ, where I spend most of my time during the year, but I found the data of TU Delft for 2012:
In this graph, the following abbreviations are used:
HL = hoogleraar = full professor
UHD = universitair hoofd docent = associate professor
UD = universitait docent = assistant professor
OWP = overig wetenschappelijke personeel = other research staff
PROM = promovendi = PhD students
And, as you can guess, the blue share are the male scientists, and the turquoise ones are the female scientists.
As I discussed before, the Netherlands have one of the lowest ratios of female professors in Europe. “Why?” is an important question here – with all the challenges we are facing, we need all hands and brains on deck in science to serve society, in my opinion.
I don’t have the answers to this question, nor a solution on how to change this skewed statistic. But in the meantime, I’d like to nudge all female scientists out there and invite them to lean in, and openly ask why we are so few.