A gender-equal start to the year


50%. This is the percentage of female student present in the ESPCI’s 134th promotion of 2015. For the first time in the school’s history, the traditional male tendency of engineer schools is overturned.

« I am delighted to see so much female talent this year at ESPCI. This parity, source of wealth, is very encouraging for the future » explains Marie-Christine Lemardeley, Deputy to the Mayor of Paris in charge if Higher Education, Research and Student Life, and President of the ESPCI.

Still too few in engineering courses, female students account for only 30% of those enrolled in schools (source: General Economic and Financial Control). This year, for the first time, ESPCI can claim to counter the current statistics since the 134th promotion, that has just started its term, consists of 50% female students: 45 women for 45 men.

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A course that attracts more and more women

Gender parity is progressing slowly but surely at ESPCI. In 2014 and 2013, about 30% of registered students were women against 50% in 2015. Among the 45 female students admitted this year at ESPCI, two thirds (30 out of 45) of them are from preparatory classes in physical chemistry. This year’s male/female parity at ESPCI can be explained by the growing interest of female students to the specificity and quality of scientific training provided by the school.