In the news 40 years ago: women and research

This text is part of the end of the 40th anniversary hat
magazine Les Débrouillards – born Agence Science-Presse in 1982!

In an Agence Science-Presse article published in 1985, women rejoiced that their numbers were rising among university professors. Within 15 years, it had fallen from… 1.3% to 4.5%.

As for students, they accounted for 30% of graduates in 1975, compared with 5% in 1960.

Fortunately, the situation has continued to improve, but there is still a long way to go. Of course, in 2016, 57% of university graduates were women, reports The Council on the Status of Women. However, the researcher pointed out Vincent Larivier In terms of employment in 2018, they still represent only one in three researchers – and that is, although half of the science and medicine graduates since 1990 are women.

In 2021, we could still write that work-life balance, a concept that was virtually unknown in the early 1980s, still put women at a disadvantage in research. In 2019, the results were affected by their low place in research writing. In 2016, the taboo on sexual harassment was finally lifted. In 2014, prejudices about women’s abilities died severely.

More women in research means that, in any case, more attention is being paid to topics that would otherwise have gone under the radar: an aspect that was already highlighted in a 1985 article, citing menstruation or the example of pregnancy. In fact, even today, some of the health problems that most affect women are still under-researched, New Zealand researcher; just as heart disease is too often misunderstood as a problem for men; which may have an adverse effect on women’s health and the health of the population as a whole.

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