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Remind me again: Why am I not particularly interested in a committed relationship? 
20th-Jan-2009 01:50 am
Oh yeah, I remember. For me and the rest of my sex, having a love life, children, and/or a spouse is not particularly compatible with having a career in higher education. Think I'm kidding? Check this out (quoted from The New York Times):
Surveying outcomes for 160,000 Ph.D. recipients across the United States, the researchers determined that 70 percent of male tenured professors were married with children, compared with only 44 percent of their tenured female colleagues. Twelve years or more after receiving their doctorates, tenured women were more than twice as likely as tenured men to be single and significantly more likely to be divorced. And lest all of this look like “personal choice,” when the researchers asked 8,700 faculty members in the University of California system about family and work issues, nearly 40 percent of the women agreed with the statement, “I had fewer children than I wanted,” compared with less than 20 percent of the men. The take-home message, Dr. Mason said in a telephone interview, is, “Men can have it all, but women can’t.”
If I thought screaming would make a difference, I would. But I'm not going to--'cause it won't.
20th-Jan-2009 07:27 am (UTC)
I blame tenure.
It's an outdated, patriarchal institute created with men and traditional family in mind. There's a pressure to bust your ass off in the first 6 years of employment in order to get tenure. Men can either delay having children, or have their wives take care of them. Women can't delay having children, since whatever the median age for new Ph.D.s is, 30-something? + 6 years = major reproductive issues and problems.
Oh, and "stopping the tenure clock"? They give you crap about it.
So it's either one or the other, for many women.
20th-Jan-2009 07:38 am (UTC)
What I find most scary is that these numbers don't even account for all the women who never pursue a tenure-track career at all due to family-related issues...and yet still so lopsided.

I'd love to know, too, out of all those married tenure/tenure-track professors, how many of the men vs. how many of the women represent the primary source of income for their respective households. After all, theoretically a woman could have a househusband who takes care of the kids, but we all know how spectacularly well that works in practice most of the time...
21st-Jan-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Dismal statistics indeed. As a college freshman trying to figure out what I really want to do, seeing lopsided data like this makes me want to scream too. (Or at least stare irately at my screen.) Hopefully policies regarding tenure will be updated or revised soon.
22nd-Jan-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
*le sigh* Well, I entered grad school believing this would happen to me, but to see the actual numbers in my face telling me, "Oh it'll happen, honey," is a little depressing...
22nd-Jan-2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
*sighs* And on the other side of things, there are female grad students selling their virginity in Nevada. Gargh.
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