Universities respond to gender balance message

Six months after Science Minister Kirsty Duncan threatened universities with cuts to their research funding over a “dismal” gender balance among scientists nominated for lucrative research posts, she says they have heard her message and have started to respond, reports The Canadian Press.

More than half the scientists submitted by universities for consideration for one of the Canada 150 chair jobs are now women, Duncan said. As well, 41% of the people nominated for the latest round of Canada Research Chair appointments were female, the highest proportion ever in the 17 years the programme has existed.

“I think the message is getting through,” Duncan said. “Broad perspectives breed great science. If you come with a different perspective you may ask a different question, you may use different methodology and you may get better results. I think this is really good news for Canadian science.”
Full report on The Province site