Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried
Fascinating study — not surprising, but worthwhile noting. This work was done in Chemistry, so it bears replication in other STEM disciplines. Some on the SIGCSE-Members list were wondering, “Is this just for research-oriented universities? Or for teaching-oriented universities, too?” In our work interviewing faculty as part of our work in GaComputes and DCCE, we heard surprisingly similar concerns at both kinds of institutions. The faculty at schools with a teaching mission told us that their tenure was based on research publications, and they felt similar levels of stress.
Young women scientists leave academia in far greater numbers than men for three reasons. During their time as PhD candidates, large numbers of women conclude that (i) the characteristics of academic careers are unappealing, (ii) the impediments they will encounter are disproportionate, and (iii) the sacrifices they will have to make are great.