Paris, September 16th, 2015 – The Maison de la Chimie hosted the L’Oréal Foundation’s #ChangeTheNumbers press conference this morning. On this occasion the results of its exclusive international collaborative study with OpinionWay were announced in order to help understand the causes of disparities affecting women in science and the obstacles they face in their professional progression.
David Macdonald, Philanthropy Director of For Women in Science, noted that the public is not aware of the weight with which prejudices are still anchored in perceptions, at a time when only 30% of researchers are women. To enrich this study, the L’Oréal Foundation called upon testimonies from women scientists that it has rewarded. It had the honour of welcoming Elizabeth Blackburn as a spokesperson on this subject, Laureate of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award For Women in Science and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. She says:
“Having had to overcome prejudices myself throughout my career, it seems essential to me to participate in this fundamental movement in order to significantly push boundaries.”