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Oct 15, 2013

Balancing Family and Career for Women Ph.D.s

Several recent studies have shown that many female researchers often find themselves driven away from academic careers. (For more on these studies, click here.) Some researchers suggest the adoption of family-friendlier programs and policies to encourage more women to stay. Which do you think would be most successful?

Which changes made to academic culture are most likely to encourage women researchers to stay?

Paid parental leave
 
  14.8%
Teaching relief for new parents
 
  3.3%
More child care facilities and emergency child care
 
  33.3%
Dual-career hiring policies
 
  7.9%
Allowing faculty to work part-time
 
  17.9%
Stopping the tenure clock for childbirth
 
  22.7%

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