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4 women in academia

Many people assume that men and women have equal opportunities to be successful in an academic career. Yet women continue to be approached and treated differently than men, in ways that impact on their scientific career prospects. This website is designed to elucidate the specific challenges  women have to overcome to realize their scientific  ambitions , and where possible eliminate these.

Four female full professors have united under the name Athena’s Angels, to defend the interests of women academics.  The mission of Athena’s Angels is to offer men and women truly equal opportunities to advance in their scientific career. What is needed to achieve this? 

Know the facts   -   Report maltreatment   -   Ask for advice   -   Recognize sexism   -   Join forces 


Pallas Athena

athenaThe Greek goddess Pallas Athena is the feisty goddess of wisdom. The owl is her symbol. It is true: she was born, fully armed, from the head of her father Zeus, and can be pretty male-identified at times. The first women in academia did sometimes show this trait. But we are happy to carry out our missions under Athena’s aegis.



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