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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.905 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v8.i3-4.70
14 pages

WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT IN THE SCIENCES IN EUROPE

Judith Glover
School of Business and Social Sciences, University of Surrey Roehampton, 80 Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5SL, United Kingdom

ABSTRACT

The current situation of women in scientific education and employment in European Union and applicant countries shows patterns of vertical and horizontal segregation. Yet the data that underpin these analyses are patchy, and despite some efforts to reuse available data, there is a clear need for new data, an effort that is gathering momentum in the European Commission (EC) and other pan-European bodies. However, new data collection requires major resourcing and for this to happen, various actors need to be convinced that the "women and science problem" matters. Various arguments can be found in the literature about why the issue is seen to matter, and here, the author focuses particularly on a recent rationale in the EC, the "science and society" perspective. However, if women, as agents, persist in retreating from science, the reasons behind the phenomena shown up in the available data need to be much more closely examined, in terms of the structures and institutions of scientific education and employment.


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