Lecture by Dr. Mary Ann Mason
Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor, Graduate School of Social Welfare
University of California, Berkeley
"Do Babies Matter? The Effect of Family Formation on the Careers of Men and Women Scientists"
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
3:00 p.m. ? 4:00 p.m.
Hedco Neuroscience Bulding Auditorium (HNB 100)
UC Berkeley dean Mary Ann Mason discusses managing children and an academic career.
Mason, a professor of law and social welfare who is also dean of UC Berkeley's graduate division, directed the national study of how babies affect the careers of academic men and women, a project she calls "Do Babies Matter?"
She found that female professors with children are much less likely to earn tenure than men with children. Women are expected to work the hardest during their tenure-track years -- precisely the time when their biological clocks are ticking the loudest. There are no part-time options on the tenure track, and if a woman steps off of that track to care for children, there is little hope of returning.
Mason's lecture addresses the questions: why is managing children and an academic career so much more difficult for women than men and what, if anything, should colleges and universities do to make it easier, especially given the under-representation of women in the fields of science and engineering?
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