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Gender balance in science: An astronomer's view

M. T. V. T. Lago

Over the last century, work toward gender balance in science has taken a long and tenacious path. Progress has been so slow, however, that convergence may look just like a mirage. Astronomy is no exception. As an astronomer, when a weak signal overlaps a high-level noise, I wonder, "Is there a real detection of gender balance?" In this paper I address trends and correlations versus region, country, and age, as well as my personal experience in a country where science, and astronomy in particular, have "exploded" in the last three decades. The paths to be adopted then were expected to follow those already explored by others. Yet creative new approaches have proven to be very successful. It may be that gender balance in science also needs to step away from standard approaches and unveil creative avenues that may lead to a fair and innovative solution.

ISBN: 9780735418417

6th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics
Chandralekha Singh and Nicola Wilkin Geraldine Cochran

AIP Conference Proceedings
Volume 2109, Number 3000
2019 June

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia