German universities are actively implementing many measures to try to create more gender equality (Germany is one of the lowest-ranked university systems in the world when it comes to the equal employment of men and women). The concentration of women in some fields, and men in other fields, should change so that there’s a better mix of men and women working in all fields. In addition, women should have the same proportion of leadership positions and highly ranked scientific positions as men so that the potential of all men and women is tapped.
The project “Sources of Gender Segregation in Universities” uses data from 23 German universities to uncover the keys to success, where the proportion of men and women doing science together is healthiest. We’re looking at a multitude of causes, including structural factors, the presence of equal opportunity commissioners, and work conditions. The project uses data from 23 German universities to uncover the keys to success, where the proportion of men and women doing science together is healthiest.
We’re grateful to our participating universities, and to show our thanks, this spring we’ll be sending them individualized reports of how their university compares to the whole on each of the measures in the study. The research is funded by the Excellence Initiative at RWTH Aachen (German Science Foundation 2007-2012).
Project Leader: Prof. Heather Hofmeister, Ph. D.
Project Coworker: Michaela Jüttemann, M.A.
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