HAVING ACKNOWLEDGED THAT, TODAY, ONLY 30% OF RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD ARE WOMEN, THE L'ORÉAL FOUNDATION HAS CONDUCTED A STUDY TO IDENTIFY THE STEREOTYPES OF WOMEN IN SCIENTIFIC CAREERS.


FOLLOWING THE RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH, THE L’OREAL FOUNDATION IS CALLING TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS OF WOMEN IN SCIENCES THROUGH A DIGITAL CAMPAIGN:

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1

What percentage of the people polled suggested a man when they were asked to portray an archetypal scientist?

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54%

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2

What proportion of men think that women who aim to follow a successful career put their family life aside?

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59%

52% of women interviewed think this is the case.

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3

True or False? Just a minority of the people interviewed think that women are less capable than men to reach high level scientific positions.

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FALSE

60% of the people interviewed agree with this idea and the rate increases to 70% when men are asked.

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4

Which percentage of the people interviewed think that women lack the ability to reach the positions in science?

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67%

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5

While girls represent 50% of students in science classes in secondary school, what is the rate of girls who go on to study science subjects at university?

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30%

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6

On average, the people interviewed think that 28% of top scientific jobs in Europe are held by women. What is the real percentage?

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11%

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7

What percentage of women who have studied science did not feel that they were supported by their teachers in secondary school?

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23%

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8

The proportion of women carrying out scientific research in the year 2000 was 26%. What was the percentage in 2010?

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29%

59% of people interviewed think this evolution is too slow.

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9

What percentage of the people interviewed think that the underrepresentation of women in top scientific positions is linked to cultural stereotypes?

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49%

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10

True or false? Since the creation of the Nobel Prize in 1901, 50% of the recipients of the scientific categories have been women.

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FALSE

Only 3% of the prizes in the scientific categories have been awarded to women.

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11

What percentage of the people interviewed consider women to be suited to science?

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10%

38% think that women are better suited to socially-related careers.

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12

Do you think a society with more women in science would allow less inequality in the workplace?

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Both Yes and No. 50% of people interviewed think just like you and 44% think that it would bring more a more sensitive approach to research and development fields.

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