Gender equality at the University of Münster – Data analysis

Analysing data is a prerequisite for shaping and formulating successful gender equality policies at the University of Münster. Based on this data, the University can identify which gender equality measures are especially successful and which areas require immediate attention. A remarkable finding in this context was the significant increase in the number of women professors from 13.7 percent in 2004 to 26.3 percent in 2019. Our analytical work has also highlighted specific areas in which the proportion of women must be increased in order to reach the 40-percent minimum target for all levels of academic qualification as proposed by federal and state authorities.

Why only women and men?

Status group statistics [de]

In order to analyse the gender equality situation at the University of Münster and take corresponding steps, it is essential to process the latest gender-specific data. The Equal Opportunity Office prepares this data – divided into sets for each respective status group at the University – and makes it available here in the most current form.

Why only women and men?


Statistical data has traditionally been analysed based on the groups of women and men. Meanwhile, data on inter- and non-binary students is available, but because of the extremely small number of cases, we have decided not to present this data separately for fear that the information could be used to identify the respondents. Furthermore, the binarity of the data reflects a society which negotiates the imbalances of power along this demarcation. Even though the category of “women” is a construct itself, it remains nonetheless an enormously significant one, the assessment of which is necessary for revealing the effects of discrimination of women.

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Gender data from external providers [de]

Various studies are available which compare the percentage of women professors at German universities, and others which plot changes in the number of women enrolled at university. In the following, the Equal Opportunity Office provides links to various external providers of current gender-related statistics.