"Teetering on the Family Friendly Edge": Discrimination Against Mothers in Academia

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Can a woman have a family and a successful academic career? The jury is still out, despite the fact that "family friendly" has become a new academic buzzword. Recently, the venerable University of California launched "The UC Faculty Family Friendly Edge" initiative. At first blush, the initiative appears to be a model for institutions serious about addressing the vexing conflict between the tenure clock and the biological clock -- offering "stop-the-tenure-clock" leave; "active service modified duty"; and central funding to cover the associated cost. But before junior faculty hungering for a family as well as a career pack their bags and head for the Golden State, it would be prudent for them to ask whether UC "walks the walk" as well as it "talks the talk".


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