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Women’s representation in national science academies : an unsettling narrative

dc.contributor.authorNgila, Dorothyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBoshoff, Neliusen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHenry, Francesen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDiab, Roseanneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMalcom, Shirleyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorThomson, Jenniferen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-14T07:15:06Z
dc.date.available2018-12-14T07:15:06Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationNgila, D., et al. 2017. Women’s representation in national science academies : an unsettling narrative. South African Journal of Science, 113(7/8), Art. #2017-0050, doi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20170050
dc.identifier.issn1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20170050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105273
dc.descriptionCITATION: Ngila, D., et al. 2017. Women’s representation in national science academies : an unsettling narrative. South African Journal of Science, 113(7/8), Art. #2017-0050, doi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20170050.
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dc.description.abstractScience academies are well placed to contribute towards strengthening of national systems of innovation through advocating for an increased participation of girls and women in science. To successfully do so, academies would need to overcome challenges faced with regard to women’s representation in their own ranks and women’s resultant full participation in the activities of national science academies. We collected baseline data on the representation of women scientists in the membership and governance structures of national science academies that are affiliated with IAP: the Global Network of Science Academies. Women academy members remained far below parity with men, given that women’s membership was typically about 12%. Women members were better represented in the social sciences, humanities and arts but the corresponding shares rarely exceeded 20%. In the natural sciences and engineering, women’s membership remained well below 10%. On average, the largest share of women members (17%) was associated with academies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The average share of women serving on governing bodies was 20%. To change this unsettling narrative, the importance of academies of science annually collecting, analysing and reporting gender-disaggregated data on membership and activities is highlighted as a key recommendation. Several aspects of women’s representation and participation in national science academies are highlighted for further investigation.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.sajs.co.za/article/view/3997
dc.format.extent7 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africa
dc.subjectRepresentationen_ZA
dc.titleWomen’s representation in national science academies : an unsettling narrativeen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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