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Is Motherhood the Biggest Reason for Academia's Gender Imbalance?

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Science  02 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6072, pp. 1030-1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6072.1030

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A new paper by two developmental psychologists on the dearth of women in academic science argues that the cause of the gender imbalance is much easier to identify than most researchers have posited. The solution is also more obvious, they say, although that doesn't mean it will be easy to implement (see sidebar). Not surprisingly, their provocative assertions, in a paper titled "When Scientists Choose Motherhood," have stirred the pot in an already contentious field.