Women in physics


The percentage of women in post-graduate physics positions has stalled just below 20%. The most precipitous drop in women’s representation occurs between high school and university; however, women at all career stages struggle with ongoing cultural burdens and obstacles.

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Fig. 1: Women remain under-represented in physics around the world at undergraduate, PhD and faculty levels.

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Skibba, R. Women in physics. Nat Rev Phys 1, 298–300 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42254-019-0059-x

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