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12 April 2021

The share of female researchers in the Netherlands and other countries

The indicator shows the share of female researchers as a percentage of all researchers, a) for the Netherlands by sector and b) for other countries for all sectors together.

In short:

  • The share of female researchers in the Netherlands is growing.
  • Internationally, the proportion of female researchers in the Netherlands is low.
  • This is partly due to a low proportion of female scientists in the business world.

Female researchers in the Netherlands by sector

Analysis

In the Netherlands the share of female researchers is the largest in the higher education sector, followed by the research institutes. The business sector is clearly falling behind on this aspect when compared to the other two sectors. This might be related to the more natural and technical orientation of the research in the business sector, when compared to higher education and research institutes. Between 2001 and 2017 the share of women has increased significantly, in particular at business companies and research institutes.

Comparison of female researchers in the Netherlands and in other countries

Analysis

The share of female researchers varies considerably between countries. The Netherlands has a relatively small share of female researchers, caused largely by the small share of female researchers in business companies.

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