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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on gender studies

Dominique Bilde, Mylène Troszczynski

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on gender studies  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the graduate employment rate is 82% for men and 80.2% for women, and whereas in 2015 women accounted for 57% of social science graduates and 64.6% of arts and humanities graduates, but only 40% of science graduates, despite a low unemployment rate among the latter;

B.  whereas the website ‘’ lists 89 European master’s degrees under ‘Gender and Sexuality Studies’, and whereas there is an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree in this field;

C.  whereas according to The Guardian (19 November 2012 edition), gender studies courses mostly attract women, and whereas of the 85 students enrolled in gender studies master’s courses at the London School of Economics, only 8 were men;

D.  whereas job prospects are uncertain for graduates of such courses, which lack academic rigour, as illustrated by a recent hoax in the US;

1.  Draws attention to Hungary's decision to ban gender studies;

2.  Is concerned about the attractiveness of gender studies courses for women and the impact on women’s employability;

3.  Urges the Commission and Member States to examine the job prospects for graduates in this field and to verify the accuracy and objectivity of information provided by educational establishments.


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