A commitment more than ever necessary
While last week two women were awarded a scientific Nobel Prize, Donna Strickland in physics, and France H. Arnold in chemistry, there is still a lot to be done to achieve equality between men and women.
“If this recognition must be applauded, we know very well that the road to gender equality in research is still long. These two women awarded in 2018 hardly change the statistics. To be precise, since the creation of the prize, the proportion of scientific Nobel prize awarded to women went from 3 to 3.4%”, indicated Alexandra Palt in the ceremony opening speech.
A number insufficient and “revolting” for three quarters of the French people according to a poll conducted by the L’Oréal Foundation with the Opinion Way Institute.
This poll reveals that, while statistics of the number of women in research evolve very slowly, the public opinion, on the other hand seems to become more and more aware of the importance of the matter. Indeed:
- 70% of the people interrogated feel that women are not present enough in the scientific field;
- This feeling rises close to 80% concerning women’s place in high academic functions;
- 9 people out of 10 identify at least one advantage to a better representation of women in scientific careers;
- The first of these advantages, quoted by half of the respondents is that: more gender-balanced research teams would lead to innovations better adapted to the needs of the whole society.