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A neuroscientific approach to increase gender equality

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Fig. 1: Roadmap for gender equality. Iterative phases ‘measure current status’, ‘raise awareness’, ‘make it possible’, and ‘perform actions’ (MAPP) are intended to accelerate politics towards gender equality.


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C.S. thanks the L’Oréal-UNESCO Foundation “For Women in Science” for the award of a postdoctoral fellowship in 2016.

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C.S., E.V., A.D., and V.Z. wrote the paper; C.S., E.V., A.D., A.A., C.D., N.G., M.D., B.A.H., N.R., C.R., M.T.d.S., E.B., and V.Z. edited the paper and are the founding members of the XX Initiative.

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Schreiweis, C., Volle, E., Durr, A. et al. A neuroscientific approach to increase gender equality. Nat Hum Behav 3, 1238–1239 (2019).

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