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Why promote equal opportunities?
Researchers and staff from the academic community talk about their experiences.

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"We would like to provide a tool to everybody who wants to challenge the current status quo of inequality and patriarchy - Think globally, act locally!"
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Anne Freese

"We can’t let ourselves be satisfied with the status quo, because it doesn’t do justice to all of us."
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Kimberly Mason

"There will be more acceptance and uptake of equal opportunity measures within an institution if people in high positions give their vocal support."
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Bettina Schmidt

"Feminist literature provided me with the language to give the elephant in my mind a name: gender bias."
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Mary Louise Grossman

"To ensure that recruitment and scientific review processes of all kinds are fair and unbiased, we need to create spaces for informed and constructive dialogue."
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Yee Lee Shing

"I have been generally lucky during my career with mentors who are supportive of work-life balance."
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Andrew Plested

"Enforcing equality is not only fairer, it's nonsense to do otherwise."
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Daniela Vallentin

"Female students sometimes need more encouragement to take the step to apply."
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Ruth Weber

"Personally, I have particularly benefited from women's networks. For me, they mean above all the opportunity to exchange ideas and find female role models."
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Carla Schriever

"In the context of my project Fem4scholar Mentoring I hear diverse stories almost every day that all come back to the same problem — the unequal treatment of male and female researchers."
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Julien Colomb

"For me equal opportunity also means that your job allows your partner to have a career, something which is often incompatible with moving every 3 years and working extra hours."
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Caterina Cocchi

"Having female students address me as a role model represents one of the biggest successes of my career so far."
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Maurizio Roczen

"I am convinced that many problems concerning equal opportunities are related to gender stereotypes as well as false conceptions of what is required to successfully study a scientific subject."
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Wolfgang Karl Härdle

"I strongly believe that there is great value in having a diverse academic and research community, both from a gender point of view, a cultural one and of course a scientific one."



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