Very interesting article about the effects of women choosing to have a family while pursuing a career in academia. The numbers are pretty staggering, though sadly, not surprising.
The article says:
What makes academia so difficult for mothers? In large part it is because it is a rigid lockstep career track that does not allow for time out and which puts the greatest pressure on its aspirants in the critical early years. Most Ph.D.s are achieved and tenure granted in the critical decade between 30 and 40, the “make or break decade” as we call it. It is also the decade in which women have children, if they have them at all. Low fertility is not a coincidence among tenured women; they believed they must wait to get tenure (average age around 40) before beginning a family. The university does little to provide a more flexible career path or to put in place family responsive programs that would make it possible to balance work with babies.
Any post-doc moms out there who want to weigh in on their experience?
You can find the full article here at Slate.com.