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No need to apply, Dutch science academy tells men

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Science  18 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6314, pp. 815
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6314.815

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In order to reduce its gender imbalance, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam will hold special election rounds, one in 2017 and one in 2018, for which only women can be nominated. The academy plans to recruit 16 new women this way; meanwhile, regular elections will also continue, meaning that the plan does not come at the expense of male candidates, says KNAW President José van Dijck. It's about as bold a step as any science academy has taken to address the underrepresentation of women. But some worry that women elected this way may be seen as less worthy members.

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