Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Academia's 'Baby Penalty'

Fathers and childless women in academia are three times more likely to secure tenure-track positions than are working mothers.

By Sandra Waxman and Simone Ispa-Landa, U.S. News and World Report

Last month, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter introduced a suite of new Pentagon policies aimed at retaining female troops, especially those with young families. This follows on the heels of a bold new report issued at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting where 10 major Fortune-500 companies, including Twitter, Barclays and PricewaterhouseCoopers, committed to achieving full gender parity by 2020.

Our nation's universities should join in. Women comprise only 37.5 percent of tenured faculty and 22 percent of university presidents.

Read the story here.

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