Inside Higher Ed conjectures on why women leave academia
April 30, 2012
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Article here. The author, Curt Rice, sees at least these reasons:
1) Women in greater numbers than men see academic careers as all-consuming, as solitary, and as unnecessarily competitive.
2) Women are more negatively affected than men by the competitiveness in this stage of an academic career and their concerns about competitiveness are fueled, they say, by a relative lack of self-confidence.
3) Women more than men see great sacrifice as a prerequisite for success in academia.
4) Women Ph.D. candidates had one experience that men never have. They were told that they would encounter problems along the way simply because they are women.