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Marriage and Baby Blues: Redefining Gender Equity in the Academy

Mary Ann Mason and Marc Goulden
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 596, Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track: Success of Parents in Demanding Professions (Nov., 2004), pp. 86-103
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4127651
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Marriage and Baby Blues: Redefining Gender Equity in the Academy
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Abstract

Traditionally, gender equity in the academy is evaluated in terms of women's professional success as compared to men's. This study examines gender equity not only in terms of professional outcomes but also in terms of familial outcomes, such as childbirth, marriage, and divorce. Using data from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients as well as data from a 2002 to 2003 survey of the work and family issues facing ladder-rank faculty in the nine campuses of the University of California system, the authors followed more than thirty thousand Ph.D.s in all disciplines across their life course and surveyed more than eighty-five hundred active University of California faculty. Results indicate that gender equity in terms of familial gains is as elusive as gender equity in terms of professional employment, raising the fundamental issue of what gender equity means in a university setting or in any fast-track employment setting.

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