The director is a man, the women are secretaries
When CERN was founded in 1954, no women worked there, except for a couple of secretaries. The first women physicists were not hired until the late 1970s, and the rise in the number of women researchers at CERN has been quite slow ever since. According to Røstvik, the percentage of women physicists has increased very little in recent decades.
Leave when they have children
According to Røstvik, one important factor keeping the percentage of women low is that CERN does little to create an environment in which researchers can combine their careers with family life and children.
What about the fathers?
Pregnancy a problem
Lacks a language for change
Adapt themselves to a man’s world
Wants a feminist revolution
According to Røstvik, there is no reason to doubt that CERN wants more women, as well as homosexuals and ethnic minorities, on their staff.