The Right Policies Can Fill the Gender Gap in Science

The Right Policies Can Fill the Gender Gap in Science

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Across the world, many women drop out of — or never enter — work in the ‘knowledge society’, even after studying science and technology. Low enrollment rates for women in all but the life sciences, and high dropout rates after university (almost a third of women in science), result in not only the loss of their potential contributions, but also the investment in their education.

A recent pilot assessment of the status of women in the knowledge society — collectively the science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors — looked at the potential for and actual contributions of women in six countries and one region: Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, and the European Union.

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