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AWIS Webinar: Title IX and Pregnancy: The Next Frontier
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When: 9/9/2014
12:00 PM ET
Presenter: Mary Ann Mason, professor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Contact: Ric Weibl

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Title IX and Pregnancy:  The Next Frontier
Presenter: Mary Ann Mason
Who Should Attend?:  Graduate Students, PostDocs, Policy Makers, Institutional Leaders
Childbirth is the main reason young female scientists drop out of the academic pipeline before obtaining their first job. Graduate students and postdocs who are in their prime childbearing years are probably unaware that Title IX covers pregnancy discrimination. This is changing.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, which is responsible for Title IX compliance, has ruled that Title IX guarantees a mother the right to take maternity leave and to receive accommodation to upon return to educational program, internship or research position as before.  The California state legislature has just passed a law guaranteeing this Title IX right for graduate students.

Walk away From this webinar:

  • With a clear understanding of the career obstacles facing women who want to start a family.
  • What strategies women can deploy to assure success and progress to degree and a full-time position.


Mary Ann Mason is currently Professor and Co-Director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Mary Ann Mason's scholarship spans children and family law, policy, and history. Recent works have focused on working families, in particular the issues faced by the surging numbers of professional women in law, medicine, science, and the academic world. Her most recent books include "Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower" and "Mothers on the Fast Track".

From 2000 to 2007, she served as the first woman dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for nearly 10,000 students in more than 100 graduate programs. During her tenure, she championed diversity in the graduate student population, promoted equity for student parents, and pioneered measures to enhance the career-life balance for all faculty.

She received a B.A. from Vassar College, a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. She is considered a national expert on child custody issues and family law and policy, frequently addressing national and international media, conferences, and workshops on children and family issues.

Professor Mason is co-PI, along with Joan Williams, Co-director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Janet Bandows Kosters, CEO and Executive Director of AWIS, of the NSF funded Tools for Change initiative

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