Why women leave academia ...

  • I came across a very interesting article on why women leave academia that was published four years ago (in the Guardian):

    According to a study by Curt Rice, women leave academia for three reasons:

    1. Academic careers are rather unappealing (e.g., constant hunt for funding for research projects)
    2. The impediments they will encounter are disproportionate
    3. The sacrifices they will have to make are great (frequent moves, lack of security about future employment, etc.)

    Interestingly, Rice also reports that successful female professors are perceived by female PhD candidates as displaying masculine characteristics, such as aggression and competitiveness, and they were often childless.

    Here is the whole article: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/may/24/why-women-leave-academia

    My first reaction: This is so true! The reason being that I caught myself several times having similar thoughts... 

    On a second thought: I guess also men leave academia for the very same three reasons. 

    What do you think?

     

2 comments
  • Sabrina Hoppe
    Sabrina Hoppe I agree with your impression that men leave academia for the very same three reasons. Still some of the reasons given might just be more severe for women. For example, most male professors I know are married to stay at home mums while I don't know a singl...  more
    October 10, 2016 - 2 like this
  • Sabrina Hoppe
    Sabrina Hoppe Somehow the end of my comment went missing, so here it is again:

    I would even replace "told" by "experience" in this sentence, but either way there is one more reason on top of the stack of reasons that makes men leave academia, and m...  more
    October 10, 2016