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Sexism in academia wastes public funding and is bad for science

AstronomySexism in academia wastes public funding and is bad for science


By Nicolle Zellner

In their article for Nature Reviews Materials, Sexism in academia is bad for science and a waste of public funding, Nicole Boivin, Susanne Täuber, Ulrike Beisiegel, Ursula Keller, and Janet Hering write that higher education and research institutions “are critical to the well-being and success of societies, meaning their financial support is strongly in the public interest. At the same time, value-for-money principles demand that such investment delivers. Unfortunately, these principles are currently violated by one of the biggest sources of public funding inefficiency: sexism.”

Using cross-European-Union data, the article describes stages where women leave the fields of science and the subsequest compounding economic losses.

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