With 23.1 percent, almost a quarter of Dutch professors are women, according to the Female Professors Monitor 2019 . This amounts to an increase of 2.2 percentage points compared to 2018, reports the National Network of Female Professors on Thursday.
There have never been so many, yet the Netherlands is in 24th place out of 28 EU countries. At this rate it will take until 2042 before there is an equal gender distribution at universities.
In the monitor, the network examines the proportion of women at different levels, including among university teachers and associate professors, the latter of which is a higher position. What is striking is that more than half of students at Dutch universities are women (53.9 percent), and that the proportion of women decreases with every step higher.
The percentage among PhD students drops to 43 percent, and among university teachers it is 41.8 percent. 28.4 percent of associate professors are women, and only 23.1 percent of professors. "This means that the share of women per step on the career ladder is still drastically declining," the monitor said.
Women appear to work more hours than men, the researchers continue to report. "Contrary to popular belief, female professors with 0.87 FTE have a larger contract size on average than men with 0.83 FTE." However, women are "systematically rated lower" than men when it comes to salary.
There is a big difference between universities
Apart from Wageningen University, the proportion of female professors has increased. At 34.7 percent, the highest proportion of women can be found at the Open University, and Leiden University (29.7 percent), Maastricht University (29.7 percent) and Radboud University (29.3 percent) are doing better than average. Erasmus University Rotterdam dangles with 14.5 percent at the bottom.