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When Scientists Choose Motherhood


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I take issue with the authors’ assumption that "success" can take only one form: earning tenure. Figure 4 presents this assumption particularly clearly. The endpoints are either "successful career" or "teaching" while being a "primary caregiver to children." Who is to say that the latter outcome does not feel like "success" to some individuals? I would like to see data on subjective affect states of individuals from various career outcomes before we go accepting statements like "It is when academic scientists choose to be mothers that their real PROBLEMS start" (pg 142). Success can and should be defined by an individual for him or her self. I am not at all convinced that objective statistics on attrition and the hours of professional work tell us anything about what's actually going on with regard to parenting and career

posted by Rebecca F
February 20, 2012

 

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