She figures 2021

Gender in Research and Innovation Statistics and Indicators

Dec 15, 2021

Starting from 2003 and updated every three years since, She figures provides overview of comparable pan-European data on the gender equality state in R&I. The latest publication is available now, accompanied by methodological guidance on the calculation of indicators included in it, as well as seven policy briefs on emerging and ongoing policy priorities in the area of gender equality in research and innovation.

Since the previous edition of the She Figures report three years ago, we have faced unprecedented challenges: the COVID-19 crisis has aggravated the social and economic challenges that the European Union is facing and has disproportionately affected women, including in R&I. However, we have an opportunity to shape the recovery to make it greener, fit for a digital world, and more inclusive. Women’s full participation in R&I is thus crucial for Europe’s recovery. There is no sustainable recovery if it is not gender-sensitive.

Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

The average growth rate of women researchers was 3.9% between 2010 and 2018, indicating some positive changes over time. Another significant conclusion drawn from web-scraping shows that the majority of organisations in the EU Member States and Associated Countries took some measures and actions towards gender equality. However, the gender gap in science and engineering occupations remains prominent at both European and country level.

Find the publications and learn more at:

She figures 2021: Gender in research and innovation : statistics and indicators

She figures handbook 2021

She figures 2021: Policy briefs