Study Explores Difficulties Balancing Motherhood and Academia

According to a new study from Barnard College in New York City, the process for gaining tenure at our nation’s Colleges and Universities is a uniquely difficult one for working mothers.

The study, which interviewed 21 New York women all vying to reconcile motherhood with tenured positions, found that they many portrayed their work and family lives in irreconcilable conflict. One woman described feeling she worked in “survival mode” just doing “the things that I can to not be kicked out.”

The findings were presented in June at a conference of the American Association of University Professors. According to the study, the number of women in academia has more than doubled in the last 20 years, but men still outnumber women in top positions by a considerable amount. Sixty-one percent of male professors have tenure, while women have only forty-three percent.

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