The head of the academy that awards the Nobel Prizes in science has said it will not set gender quotas.
Goran Hansson, head of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said they want people to win because they made the most important discovery not because of gender or ethnicity.
Since its inception in 1901, only 59 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women. Maria Ressa, the only honored woman this year, shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other journalist Dmitry Muratov.
The couple won the award for their efforts to protect freedom of expression in their respective countries, the Philippines and Russia.
“It is sad that there are so few Nobel laureates and this reflects the unfair conditions in society, especially in recent years, but still exist. “And there is much more to do,” Hansson told the AFP news agency.
“We have decided that we will not have quotas on gender or ethnicity,” he said, adding that the decision was “in line with the spirit of Alfred Nobel’s last will.”
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