Better data for better policy

The deficiency of data on women in science or research is perhaps among the reasons for the lack of a robust policy to end the gender gap in research institutes.

Vineeta Bal, biologist who had conducted studies for the Task Force for Women in Science, said all the “most recent” data stops in 2008 when the committee was winded up.

In contrast, the experience from France and the European Union shows the meticulous link between data and policy. For instance, Anne Pepin, director of The Mission for Women at the Workplace, CNRS (a French-science institute), said the calculation of the male advantage of 1.32 (that is, the probability that a man will get promoted instead of a woman) had led to a series of policies, including the establishment of gender equality officers in all research institutes, to counter the dominance of men in higher levels of research.

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