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Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce by Janet B. Koster, Donna J. Dean

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Chapter 3

Addressing Work/Life Issues

Abstract

Many of the factors discouraging women (and men) from entering the higher faculty ranks of academia and leadership positions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in general are directly related to institutional climate and the challenge of balancing work and home responsibilities. In particular, female faculty members are especially likely to face obstacles related to work/life balance because the academic tenure clock typically coincides with the biologically constrained childbearing and child rearing years of women. Three case studies are presented of pragmatic approaches that can be deployed for overcoming these challenges. The frameworks should be widely adaptable by scientists ...

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