A new study by female geoscientists and engineers looks deeper into the problem and offers solutions on closing the gap. Women are interested in the STEM field; women make up 53 percent of science undergraduate and masters students around the world and 43 percent of Ph.D. candidates. However, the further up in the field you progress, the number of women decreases. In 2013, women made up just 23 percent of tenured science academics and 13 percent of professors in Europe.
The research also surveyed over 300 people in the field. The results showed chronic underrepresentation in areas such as journal publications, prestigious jobs at universities and scientific committees. The women in the field reported feelings of not being taken seriously, gender stereotyping, lack of female role models in the field, and exclusion from social events.