Uhhhh... I'm all for more women in STEM but where's the part that tells you how to help increase the number?
Grunert exposes several hurdles women scientists face in the chemistry field. She cites several responses from the study indicating participants’ expectations of being the primary caretaker in their families, and their struggles in maintaining a scientific career while balancing more traditional female gender roles.
This creates a dilemma for research institutions trying to create a strong, diverse faculty: recruiting women in the chemistry field remains difficult, due to their perceived or desired obligations not only to their career but their families. Her research also discusses the consistent pressure to avoid traditional feminine behaviors in scientific research settings, thereby creating an environment that does not support the lifestyles and goals of its subjects.
While some institutions are making moves to become more family-friendly to their faculty, Grunert argues that this support is not adequately shared with graduate students, and many still feel they have to delay, or ultimately sacrifice, having a family for the sake of their careers.
Come to view academic careers as too all-consuming, too solitary and not sufficiently collaborative;
Come to the conclusion that the short-term contract aspect of post-docing could not be reconciled with other aspects of their life, particularly relationships and family;
Come to believe the competition for a permanent academic post was too fierce for them to compete successfully;
Come to believe they would need to make sacrifices (about femininity and motherhood) in order to succeed in academia;
Been advised in negative terms of the challenge they would face (by virtue of their gender).
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