STEMming the Parent Flow

STEMming the Parent Flow

An academic paper entitled “The Changing Career Trajectories of New Parents in STEM” uses National Science Foundation data to build the argument that parenthood – for both moms and dads – contributes more to attrition in scientific professions than previously known. “Other points of the so-called leaky pipeline get more attention,” the study suggests. The analysis focuses to a significant extent on university work settings, but it also notes that the problem may be even more acute in non-academic STEM jobs. Talent-starved employers would do well to acknowledge the significant burdens of parenthood, which should “not be shouldered largely by new mothers and new fathers.” Why? When highly educated professionals leave the work force, it’s “a loss for all of us.”

 

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