When comparing the number of female professors in the Netherlands with other countries in Europe, the Netherlands almost reaches bottom line, with only 17 percent of professors being women. According to Jet Bussemaker, minister of education, culture and science, this needs to change. By creating a fund of 5 million euros, 100 new female professor need to be appointed by the end of this year.
In an interview with Bussemaker and Belle Derks, the origin of this problem and expected effects of the new goal are argued. Major points of discussion are why current differences in male and female professionals still exists, and how this new rule should be implemented without creating stigmas.