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Dr. Bastías highlighted that during school is already possible to visualize the gender inequity in science education. The SIMCE (System for Measuring the Quality of Education) test at schools shows that boys obtain higher scores than girls.
Once students finish school and render the national University Evaluation Test (PSU), the results show a very poor performance in women to achieve the highest national scores. In Chile there is a higher number of women entering and graduating from University compared to men (at least at private Universities).
Dr Bastías at Congreso del Futuro (Congress of Future) 2018.
Picture by Pablo Madariaga
Taking her own childhood experiences as an example, Dr. Bastías shared how she ended up becoming a scientist and highlighted that boys and girls must be allowed to break gender stereotypes, so they do whatever they want, being able to reach their dreams. Dr. Bastías based her speech on several data that demonstrates that women in science suffer from gender inequity since early on and this accompanies them during academic life (for more details check In Deep section).
Dr. Bastías finalized her presentation by stating “because of talent is equally distributed among men and women, in Chile and around the world we need more women researchers”..
Entire presentations at the panel (Spanish): http://www.futuro360.com/data/2018/01/20/la-equidad-de-genero-en-la-ciencia-se-instala-en-el-congreso-futuro.html
1, March 2018