The European Commission publishes “She Figures 2018” report

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The number of women with a career in research is slowly growing in Europe. Still, they remain significantly underrepresented, and their potential not fully recognised and valued.

Equality between women and men is a core value of the European Union, actively promoted in all aspects of life by the European Commission. What is the situation in Research and Innovation? Are women participating and contributing to it to the same extent as men? Or is the so-called ‘leaky pipeline’, the phenomenon of women dropping out of research and academic careers at a faster rate than men, still prevalent?

The She Figures was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission, Eurostat and the Statistical Correspondents of the EU Member States and Associated Countries.

The She Figures 2018 presents the latest available official statistics on the footprint of women in the research landscape. The data follow the ‘chronological journey’ of researchers, from graduating from higher education programmes to acquiring decision-making roles, while considering their working conditions and intellectual outputs. The publication highlights also the differences between women and men in all these respects.

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It is highly recommended reading for policymakers, researchers and anybody with a general interest in these issues.


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