Women & Science chair

The Women and Science Chair at Paris-Dauphine University, created in 2019 with the support of the L'Oréal Foundation, Generali, La Poste and Talan, aims to mobilize and develop multidisciplinary approaches to analyze the determinants and the impact of the low presence of women in scientific studies and careers. 

The Women and Science Chair aims to develop and disseminate works, research and knowledge, at national and international level, on girls and women in scientific fields, studies and professions, the term "scientific" refers to exact he natural sciences, with the purpose to:

  • understand the determinants of the lower representation of women in scientific careers,
  • to analyze the role of the various factors in the entourage which have an impact on the differentiation of trajectories between girls and boys, and women and men: stereotypes, parents, teachers, men, etc
  • examine the links between the scientific orientation and academic performance (results in scientific disciplines and also in literary disciplines)
  • better understand, through international benchmarks, the role of socio-cultural factors and to better analyze the relevance of public policies,
  • analyze the impact of a science that does not consider gender in the design of studies
  • analyze the impact of the absence or under-representation of women in the scientific sectors on the quality of research and the different orientations
  • evaluate the solutions, policies and experiences put in place.

Objectives of the Chair

The goal of the Chair is to build a multidisciplinary center of expertise, contribute to the production of knowledge and participate in public debate on its priority themes. To this end, the Chair associates research centers and researchers both in Dauphine and outside.

The Chair is created to:

  • carry out an ambitious research program on the mentioned themes,
  • provide a forum where academics, researchers, economic actors and stakeholders can freely exchange as experts rather than as representatives,
  • Contribute to informing and raising the awareness of companies, public authorities and citizens about the mechanisms behind the low presence of women in scientific fields and how to reduce these inequalities.

Main themes

Being a multidisciplinary chair, studied themes are diversified and are related to public as well as private sector. As an indication and not exclusive, studies can be relevant of the following themes:

  • Career trajectories, career and wage gaps intra-company or cross-companies by sector (for example, in medicine), etc.
  • Supply and demand in scientific tracks,
  • Evaluation of public policies or experiments and international benchmarks,
  • Impact of not taking gender into account in the design of scientific studies,
  • Impact of the absence or under-representation of women in scientific sectors on the quality of research and strategic decisions
  • Determinants of the lower representation of women in scientific tracks and careers: impact of the environment (social representations, parents, teachers, men, family life), links between choice of courses/tracks and school performance, self-confidence, risk aversion and decision, identification of rupture/dropout zones.


Since the creation of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women and Science in 1998, the L'Oréal Foundation works to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, with the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

Follow the program on @ 4Womeninscience #FWIS and find more information on the on the website of the L'Oréal Foundation