Career situation of female astronomers in Germany

J. Fohlmeister, Christiane Helling

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Abstract

We survey the job situation of women in astronomy in Germany and of German women abroad and review indicators for their career development. Our sample includes women astronomers from all academic levels from doctoral students to professors, as well as female astronomers who have left the field. We find that networking and human support are among the most important factors for success. Experience shows that students should carefully choose their supervisor and collect practical knowledge abroad. We reflect the private situation of female German astronomers and find that prejudices are abundant, and are perceived as discriminating. We identify reasons why women are more likely than men to quit astronomy after they obtain their PhD degree. We give recommendations to young students on what to pay attention to in order tobe on the successful path in astronomy ((c) 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Volume333
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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