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Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track


More women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women—largely because of pressures from having a family—are far more likely than their male counterparts to “leak” out of the research science pipeline before obtaining tenure at a college or university.

That’s the conclusion of a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who warned that the loss of these scientists—together with the increased research capabilities of Asian and European countries—may threaten America’s pre-eminence in science.

The study, “Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline,” found that women who are married with young children are 35 percent less likely to enter a tenure-track position after receiving a Ph.D. in science than are married men with young children and Ph.D.s in science. Not only that, the married women with young children are 28 percent less likely than women without children to achieve tenure in the sciences.

From The New York Times
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