Narrator: This is Science Today. Last year, for the first time ever, more women than men began graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. But a recent study by the university's Dean of the Graduate Division found that these gains haven't translated into more tenured positions for those women who have children soon after finishing graduate studies. Mary Ann Mason and colleagues used data that was collected by the National Science Foundation over the last twenty years.
Mason: This seemed to me to be an important time to see what was going to happen to these women and how did it play out over their career time. Particularly the issue of what effect would family have on their lives.
Narrator: While 77 percent of men with PhDs eventually found a tenured position, less than 60 percent of women with babies that were born soon after grad school ended up with tenure.
Mason: Women, because of the fact that children take a great deal of time, are often slowed down in their career track. One of our concerns was that the workplace, although we have 51 percent of our graduate students as women, does not accommodate a family life.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.