Gender equality

Sciences Po is an inclusive university committed to promoting real equality between women and men. We are taking action at every level within the student community, in line with our 2015-2017 action plan (fr.).

Courses on Gender

In conjunction with the Programme for Research and Education on Gender (PRESAGE) (fr.), gender is addressed as a cross-cutting issue across the courses taught at Sciences Po, and several courses are specifically focused on gender equality.

In addition, innovative qualitative studies are being conducted through the EGERA research project (fr.) and Sciences Po's educational innovation division:

  • Study on the evaluation of teaching staff (Anne Boring)
  • Study on the choice of university in third year (Anne Boring, ongoing)
  • Study on public-speaking by women and men (Anne Boring, ongoing)

Awareness-raising and training

The principle of gender equality is enshrined in several charters and regulations: the charter for non-sexist communication, the student life charter (PDF, 357 Ko) and the University regulations.

Campaigns are run on each campus and spanning all programmes at the start of the academic year to raise students' awareness of gender equality, such as the Equality Campus Tour (September 2018).

Training activities are organised for recognised student associations and initiatives, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life. See the relevant regulations adopted by the Student Life Committee (fr.).

Careers

A gender gap persists in the employment of Sciences Po graduates. Young women, who account for 60 per cent of the 13,000 students at Sciences Po, earn 15 percent less on average after graduation than their male counterparts. Read the graduate employability survey conducted by the Careers Services (fr.).

To actively support women students in launching their careers, Sciences Po has developed specific "Women's Careers" (fr.) workshops among the range of workshops offered by the Careers Service: public-speaking, attitude, salary negotiation, work-life balance, etc. These workshops are run in the fall and spring semesters.

In addition, a research programme on "Women, Leadership and Entrepreneurship" conducted by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Public Policy Evaluation (LIEPP) will lead to the set up of innovative support starting in autumn 2017.

Finally, specific career workshops for doctoral students are run through the Doctoral School.

Combating sexism

Sciences Po is engaged in the national campaign against sexism led by the High Council for Professional Equality and the Ministry of Higher Education.

The university runs regular awareness and information campaigns on the subject for the student community and faculty, including poster campaigns, information sessions at the beginning of the semester, training sessions for association leaders, specific actions on 25 November and 8 March, etc.

Finally, a sexual harassment monitoring unit set up in 2015 provides confidential support for anyone experiencing sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.

Sciences Po is a member of the Gender Equality Network active within the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Université Paris Sorbonne Cité (USPC), and the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE).

The president of Sciences Po is also one of ten international university presidents named as HeForShe Impact Champions as part of a UN Women initiative that invites university presidents to propose solutions for achieving real gender equality on campus. The movement also engages the student community.