Women in white coats: the scientists are doing it for themselves

The current societal expectation is that women will be the primary caregiver to their children, even if they decide to continue working once they become a mother. Women are dissuaded from returning to the high pressure environment of academia, as they are told that anything that takes them away from the bench, particularly maternity leave, will reduce their success. As a result, a subtle message is being sent to the future generation of female scientists: academia is incompatible with motherhood.

[ via The Oxford Student ]

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