#GoodRead | In bold new step, Dutch science academy holds women-only elections

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Amsterdam Municipal Department for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites, via Wikimedia Commons

"In bold new step, Dutch science academy holds women-only elections":

Sorry guys—this time it’s women only. That’s the message the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) here has for male researchers during two special elections. In order to reduce its perpetual gender imbalance—87% of its 556 members are men—the academy seeks to recruit 10 new members in 2017 and six more in 2018, all with two X chromosomes.

It’s about as bold a step as any science academy has taken to address the underrepresentation of women—and for some it raises concerns.

Read Martin Enserink's full article at Science Magazine here…