Children threaten tenure

SLForsburg notmyaddress at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 13 09:19:10 EST 2002


Today the Chronicle of Higher Education had an article about a new
report, "Do Babies Matter: The Effect of Family Formation on the Life
Long Careers of Women" , written by Mary Ann Mason, Dean of the UC
Berkeley grad school.  (If anyone knows how to find the text of the full
report, please let me know.....)

 The article says:
>The report found that women who had at least one child before
completing five years of
>post-Ph.D. work were 24 percent less likely in the sciences and 20
percent less likely in
>the humanities to achieve tenure than men who became fathers during
that time. Women
>who waited to become mothers until later in their careers, or did not
have children at all,
>were more likely to get tenure.
>
>For men, however, it was a different story. Those who became fathers
during
>the first five years of their careers were actually more likely to
achieve tenure than men
>who did not.

It goes on to say that 50 percent of women in sciences with tenure are
childless.

I wonder what the equivalent ratio is for women in other professions:
law, medicine, etc.

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