Chi­nese sci­en­tists call for big­ger role of women in ba­sic sci­ence

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Chi­nese sci­en­tists have called for en­cour­ag­ing women to play a big­ger role in ba­sic sci­ence, es­pe­cially in math­e­mat­ics, the re­ported on Mon­day. Dur­ing a “Women and Math­e­mat­ics” fo­rum held in Bei­jing on Sun­day, sci­en­tists said en­cour­ag­ing more women to en­gage in ba­sic re­search will help im­prove sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion and sci­en­tific re­search.

Women ac­count for about 40 per cent of China’s sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal hu­man re­sources, on par with many other coun­tries.

How­ever, those who ac­tu­ally en­gage in cut­ting-edge sci­en­tific re­search or de­ci­sion-mak­ing make up a much smaller pro­por­tion, ac­cord­ing to Xu Ping, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the China Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

“For ex­am­ple, in the 210 so­ci­eties af­fil­i­ated with the China As­so­ci­a­tion for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, women who serve as deputy di­rec­tors or above only ac­count for about 7 per cent,” Xu said, adding that women are a force that should not be over­looked if the coun­try wants to be­come a sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy pow­er­house. A sur­vey of more than 6000 women showed 32 per cent had en­coun­tered a pref­er­ence for men when seek­ing their first jobs, ac­cord­ing to Li Xinxin, a re­searcher at the Academy of Math­e­mat­ics and Sys­tem Sci­ence.

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