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The Nordic Paradox

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Paola Elefante

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The Nordic Paradox
Focus on Finland
source: http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2015/economies/#economy=FIN
But...
Finland: focus on STEM
Finland women
gender equality in science: from issues to a solution
Paola Elefante, www.paolaelefante.com
21.3.2016 @ annual meeting of Helsingin Tutkijanaiset ry

Women have better education and work more.
54%
People with a university degree
are women.
51%
People with a PhD degree
are women.
Higher rate of
employment
on average
we work
4
hours
a day
for no pay.
Public perception is that women have only
83%
chance of rising to positions of leadership compared to men.
14%
people on boards of listen companies are women.
18.7%
In Finland, on average women earn
less than men. EU average is 16.4% (2013)
Strategies
Role models
Demand from institutions
Push for women representation
Network & support
Examples in Mathematics and Physics
< 5%
are women.
Professors in Mathematics in Finland
Report at HY
2008
No serious actions
followed.
Jenny Vainio, 2012
situation in Physics in Finland.
Gendered environment, sexual harassment, disregard of family responsabilities.
"
You can't be what you can't see.
"
- Marie Wilson, Founder of The White House Project.
MAKE YOURSELF
VISIBLE
to students and young people
MENTORING
Consider
female students or
young researchers
FEMALE SPEAKERS
Invite
to seminars and events
CELEBRATE
women researchers'
achievements
STATISTICS
Updated and regular
EDUCATION
on gender issues
AGENDA
A precise
PARTICIPATION
of women in boards
and hiring processes.
with deadlines
PR OFFICE
Inform the
of achievements
of local women
scientists
WIKIPEDIA
Create/edit
pages about
women in science
UNIBUDDY
programme
NETWORK
Kumpula Women's
START
your own!
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