Equality in Chemistry? A Royal Society of Chemistry report delves into the barriers facing women in the chemical sciences

The Royal Society of Chemistry recently published an extensive report which explores the barriers to women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences, along with a series of recommendations to tackle the issue. Whilst change is happening, if it continues at the current rate, “a simple statistical analysis of the data tells us that we will never reach gender parity”. Whilst 44% of undergraduate students are women, this drops down to 39% for PhD students, dropping down to 29% for non-professional staff, and down again, to the very appalling figure of 9% of women Professors. Together with evidence of inequality, are “reports of bullying, discrimination and harassment”. You can read the full report here.

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