Narrator: This is Science Today. In the last few years, women have started graduating from PhD programs at nearly the same rate as men. But they still lag far behind in achieving tenured positions at universities. Mary Ann Mason is Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. She found in a recent study that balancing a family with an academic career is often to blame for the disparity. But Mason says universities can do more to bridge that gap.
Mason: Time is really the essential ingredient across the board in how women with children can better handle their careers. And this means part-time tracks, it means re-entry rights, it means the flexibility about the workplace that doesn't exist in academia or most places.
Narrator: Mason says universities should make changes to accommodate women-and not only because it's the right thing to do.
Mason: If you're taking in the best and brightest and you deem that half of those best and brightest are women, you're losing half of the best and brightest if you don't provide them with an incentive to continue in their careers.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.