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AWIS Webinar: Do Babies Matter? A Conversation for Graduate Students and Postdocs
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When: 4/16/2014
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Mary Ann Mason
Contact: Ric Weibl

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 The new generation of scholars differs in many ways from its predecessor. Today, men and women fill the doctoral and postdoctoral ranks in nearly equal numbers and most will experience both the benefits and challenges of living in dual-income households. This generation also has new expectations and values, notably the desire for flexibility and balance between careers and other life goals.

The goal of this webinar is to explore the impact babies have on women in the STEM pipeline and examine ways to avoid negative repercussions.

Walk away from this webinar with answers to these questions:

  • What are the career obstacles women with children face?
  • What are the strategies women can deploy to assure success and progress to degree and a full-time position?

Who Should Attend: Graduate Students and Postdocs, Supervisors and Mentors

About the Presenter: Professor Mary Ann Mason, as founder of UC Berkeley Family Friendly Edge project and as Dean of the Graduate Division headed up the effort that led the entire University of California system to adopt in 2004 what was then (and may still be today) the most progressive set of family friendly policies in the country. The Faculty Family Edge began from the premise that academic institutions will not be able to recruit and retain proportionate numbers of women scientists until women—like men—find they can have both careers and families. Mason’s team’s widely influential studies, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, have documented the impact of motherhood on attrition.

Mason’s team also produced a Deans and Chairs Toolkit and detailed family friendly initiatives. Recent efforts have included working with federal agencies on Title IX compliance. Mason has presented her work to more than thirty universities, federal agencies and professional societies. The research and tools developed by her group have served as a catalyst for many universities to begin to develop their own family responsive policies.

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