PhD Holders: Gender and Family issues

CIRGE Charts Work/Family Paths of Female PhDs

Evidence from the survey, PhDs—Ten Years Later, suggests that gender equality in the career paths of PhD recipients is still hampered by conflicts between family lives and career structures.

Rudd, E. and L. Homer. 2005. “CIRGE Charts Work/Family Paths of Female PhDs.” in Women in Higher Education, September 2005, pp 36-37.

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Widening the Lens on Gender and Tenure

This study asks the question, if women are now receiving doctoral degrees in relatively equal numbers to men, can we anticipate nearly equal tenure achievement in the next decade?  It uses data from the PhDs – Ten Years Later national survey to show that in fields where there are strong non-academic labor markets, women have equal chances of getting tenure to their male counterparts.  However, in fields where most PhDs work in academia, men have better chances of tenure than women.

Aanerud, R., Morrison, E., Home,L., Rudd, E., Nerad, M. & Cerny, J. (2007).  “Widening the Lens on Gender and Tenure:  Looking Beyond the Academic Labor Market.”  NWSA Journal, Vol 19.  No. 3 (Fall).

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Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field

“In this beautifully rendered collection, we peer through so many different windows of American family life. Rural North Dakota parents reverently passing on farm values, if not the farm itself, to their children. Silicon Valley hi-tech family workers share long hours and high hopes in their electronic cottage. Affluent corporate executives and their stay-at-home wives still can’t control influences beyond the gates to their communities. Refugees from corporate life set up a small town pie shop hoping to find a better way to mix work and family life. The superb studies gathered here reflect the many ways families are trying to build the American Dream on an ever more eroded and shifting landscape.”—Arlie Hochschild, author of The Time Bind: The Commercialization of Intimate Life.

Elizabeth Rudd and Lara Descartes. 2008. The Changing Landscape of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field. Lanham, MA: Lexington Books

Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Spotlight on Doctoral Education #1: Finally Equal Footing for Women?

This CIRGE Spotlight focuses on the potential for gender equality in careers of social science doctorate holders using findings from Social Science PhDs–Five+ Years Out, CIRGE’s national study of recent graduates in six fields. We find surprising equality in early careers of men and women: men and women are equally likely to begin careers in a tenure-track position and equally likely to ever be on tenure track at Research Institutions. Yet we find that this equality of beginnings is unlikely to last over the course of these cohorts’ careers.  Further, women seem to be “subsidizing” equality in PhD careers by paying higher personal costs than men do.

Rudd, E., Morrison, E. Picciano, J., & Nerad, M. (2008). Finally equal footing for women in social science careers? CIRGE Spotlight on Doctoral Education #1. CIRGE: University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

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