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

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Chapter 9

Government Policy Implications for Addressing Family-Related Issues

Abstract

Developing and sustaining a viable community of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals is a challenge faced by participants in the global marketplace. Countries and global regions are beginning to recognize the need for gender equity and policies that support full inclusion of both women and men in the STEM enterprise. In widely variant cultural contexts, the dilemma of early-to-mid-career scientists (especially women) is the need to balance family responsibilities with demanding careers. Work/life issues must be addressed by implementation of policies that can provide sufficient flexibility for both workplaces and the individuals ...

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