The EU of equal opportunities: from scientific breakthroughs to economic governance – an EU that owes a lot to its female leaders. Is the EU really closing the gap?Editorial 28 November 2021
In a European Union in which two of the apex governance positions are currently held by female leaders – namely the Presidency of the European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen and the Presidency of the European Central Bank of Christine Lagarde – the gullible eye could be led into thinking that equality of opportunities and overcoming of the glass ceiling is already a reality in the EU. However, data and statistics on female employment and a simple overview on country specific parliamentary and ministerial composition confirm that this impression is far from being true. Nevertheless, achieving gender equality is listed as a top priority by the European Commission and initiatives and fundings to achieve this goal have been growing in recent years.
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