Gender parity in research set back by "at least a year" by pandemic

August 24, 2021
Academia’s progress on gender parity in research has been set back by “at least a year,” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study out of Spain. The study examined over 500,000 research articles from across five major repositories deposited between 2017 and 2020. Up until the pandemic, the researchers say that the proportion of women authors steadily increased year over year; but that lockdowns reversed this progress. “Previous articles looking at work and family life were already pointing in that direction,” explained study co-author and University Carlos III of Madrid Associate Professor Margarita Torre. “However, quantifying the magnitude of the effect is important to show the extent of the problem.” Times Higher Education (Editorial)