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Where are all the women?

7 minutes

How can scientific institutions shake their sexist legacies?

While many countries have made progress towards gender equality in the sciences over the past several decades, women continue to be underrepresented in many fields. According to the most recent data from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), in 2013-14, 36 per cent of university qualifications achieved by women were in the sciences, compared with 45 per cent for men. In this video from the Royal Society, the prominent female scientists Dame Athene Donald and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore discuss their careers, the great female scientists who inspired them, and how the Royal Society can continue to make strides toward overcoming its history of implicit and explicit gender bias.

Producer: Red Banana Productions

Video by the Royal Society

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