Women and Science

In 2002 the CSIC Governing Board approved the Women and Science Committee, sensitive to the problem of the low incidence of women in the scientific tasks underway at the Institution, which had been rife since the CSIC was established. The Committee took on two particularly relevant objectives: i) to study the possible causes hindering women’s access and pursuit to a scientific career and ii) to propose actions the Presidency could take to achieve equality between women and men at the CSIC. The CSIC is the first public and private research body in Spain to set up a Women and Science Committee

The current Science, Technology and Innovation Law (Law 14/2011, 1 June) has among its general objectives: "To promote the inclusion of the gender perspective as a transversal category in science, technology and innovation, as well as a balanced presence of women and men in all areas of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System". The European Research Area (ERA, 2012) has as its fourth priority "Gender equality and the gender perspective in research, promoting gender diversity to foster scientific excellence". In addition, through Agenda 2030 (Paris, 25 September 2015) the UN established Sustainable Objective 5 "Gender Equality", which among other goals establishes "Ensure the full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life".