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Do Babies Matter?: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Do Babies Matter? is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between family formation and the academic careers of men and women. The book draws on over a decade of research using unprecedented data resources, including the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, a nationally representative panel survey of PhDs in America, and multiple surveys of faculty and graduat ...more
ebook, 188 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Rutgers University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rose Hendricks
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Thought-provoking, but makes a lot of causal claims when the data don't warrant them. Still, this book takes on a daunting task - showing the effect of families on various stages of females' academic careers.
Erica
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
A good book discussing contemporary large-public-school policy on maternity leave. But there's the rub: it's really only written from the perspective of a large public institution. There are oodles of other types of college and university settings out there, and lots of us are looking for answers. Tied with this is that there was little to no realistic engagement with increasingly limited college budgets. Everything's getting squeezed, including family leave and medical care. Instead the book di ...more
Kristin
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although I was thoroughly depressed by the data presented in this study of gender and family formation in academia (and by the fact that I am *such* a statistic), I was heartened both by the fact that these researchers have initiated this conversation and by the concrete solutions the authors provided to combat the core problems fueling these inequities. There are changes that can be made to ensure family/work balance for all academics. It is now on us, faculty, to convince those in positions of ...more
Donna
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Probably the most depressing book I have ever written if you work in an university. Although it has made me feel better about my career!!!

Any female undergrad student thinking of going into academia should not probably read this.

Sara
Thoroughly depressing but much needed book about the problems of meshing academia and motherhood in our present society.
Samantha Hines
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Depressing but some good suggestions. Not sure they're very actionable for all institutions.
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