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4 women in academia

Many people assume that men and women have equal opportunities to be successful in an academic career. Yet women continue to be approached and treated differently than men, in ways that impact on their scientific career prospects. This website is designed to elucidate the specific challenges  women have to overcome to realize their scientific  ambitions , and where possible eliminate these.

Four female full professors have united under the name Athena’s Angels, to defend the interests of women academics.  The mission of Athena’s Angels is to offer men and women truly equal opportunities to advance in their scientific career. What is needed to achieve this? 

Know the facts   -   Report maltreatment   -   Ask for advice   -   Recognize sexism   -   Join forces 


Pallas Athena

athenaThe Greek goddess Pallas Athena is the feisty goddess of wisdom. The owl is her symbol. It is true: she was born, fully armed, from the head of her father Zeus, and can be pretty male-identified at times. The first women in academia did sometimes show this trait. But we are happy to carry out our missions under Athena’s aegis.



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Master class with Estela Bensimon at NWO in The Hague

The 'Platform Diversiteit in de Wetenschap' (Platform for Diversity in Academia) is pleased to invite you to an inspiring and informal gathering with prof. dr. Estela Bensimon. She is an important driving force behind the diversity policy at American universities. She is well-known for her development of effective tools to improve the academic success of students from minority groups, but also because she provides clear suggestions of actions universities and other research institutes can undertake in order to achieve true inclusivity, for everyone, both staff and students.

On November 24th, from 9.30 to 12.00, Estela Bensimon will be at NWO in The Hague. The Platform Diversiteit in de Wetenschap will organize a master class for policy makers and decision makers on the subject of diversity in academia. The session will be opened with a presentation, after which participants can submit their own policy and questions and join an informal discussion with Estela Bensimon.

Your presence at the master class will be very much appreciated. If you are planning to join, please inform the organizers (Isabel Hoving of the National Network Diversity Officers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Astrid Zuurbier, NWO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before November 17th.

Please note that the exact plans for the master class are subject to change. 

Diversity in science conference November 21st

Michèle Lemont will discuss diversity in academia with academics with various specialties, including Athena's Angel Naomi Ellemers. This conference will take place on November 21st, from 10.00 to 17.30 in the Gertrudis Chapel in Utrecht, and is free of charge. You can sign up using this link