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Seminar Series on Equal Opportunities

Female Faculty: Why so few and why care?

by Prof. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede (Chalmers University of Technology)




Sweden is one of the world’s most gender equal countries. But the fraction female professors at Swedish universities is low. Female researchers in Sweden, like in the rest of the world, still experience unconscious bias and sometimes even harassments. There are many scientific studies that demonstrate bias against women in academic settings. In this seminar, I will bring up the most common misconceptions around gender equality and show, using scientific evidence, that those statements are wrong. I will also discuss possible solutions and a new gender equality initiative, Genie, that we started at my university.