Inequalities faced by women in access to permanent positions in astronomy in France

A recent national survey on behalf of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics highlights the elitism and gender discrimination faced by women — particularly women educated in universities rather than grandes écoles — when applying for permanent positions in astronomy in France.

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Fig. 1: Admission rates of applicants (<10 years after PhD) to permanent positions in France.
Fig. 2: Success rates of our four different classes of applicants to permanent positions in astronomy in France.
Fig. 3: Results to the question “Do you believe that having children can be an obstacle in your career?” as a function of gender, shown as a table of standardized residuals.


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Berné, O., Hilaire, A. Inequalities faced by women in access to permanent positions in astronomy in France. Nat Astron 4, 296–298 (2020).

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