Articles | Volume 53
07 Aug 2020
 | 07 Aug 2020

Women in geosciences within the Italian University system in the last 20 years

Claudia Agnini, Martha G. Pamato, Gabriella Salviulo, Kim A. Barchi, and Fabrizio Nestola

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Short summary
This work provides updated scenario on the underrepresentation of women in the Italian university system in the area of geosciences in the last two decades. Data highlight an increase in the number of female full and associate professors whereas the low number of female non-permanent researchers raises strong concerns. Over different areas of geosciences, Paleontology represents the only field in which the gap is filled whereas all the other disciplines suffer a gender imbalance.