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Although the goal of attracting more women to the highest scientific positions is appreciated, the Eindhoven University of Technology’s (TU/e) women’s quota is contrary to the Equal Treatment Act. This conclusion was recently reached by the College of Human Rights (CRM) in response to a complaint by the anti-discrimination agency RADAR. Incidentally, the Board also had recommendations for improvements to the university. The TU/e has promised to improve.

Serious backlog and ultimate remedy

The disadvantaged position of women in science has been a thorn in many people’s side for years, and rightly so. The three Technical Universities of Delft, Twente and Eindhoven, as well as Erasmus University, are doing particularly badly in this respect. The TU/e, for example, has for years ranked at the bottom of the list in the annual monitor of the National Network of Female Professors (LNVH).

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Author profile picture Erzsó Alföldy is a versatile and experienced journalist with a background in science and culture. Writes about sustainability, the energy transition and equal opportunities for women in the labour market. Follows closely the developments in her native Hungary. For Innovation Origins she is currently producing a series of articles on female entrepreneurship and the funding gap'.