As a followup to a previous post, I'd like to post a few questions in
regard to the problems that women scientists typically face during the
course of their professional advancement. Comments will be included
anonymously in the next Women in Neuroscience newsletter (~Sept), unless
otherwise specified by the author.
Please answer one or more of the following questions, with comments as
specific as possible.
1a. How has childrearing/childcare decisions affected how you do
research? b.When do you feel it is the best time to have kids: during
graduate school, during postdoc years, during tenure-track period of new
principle investigator, etc.?
2. Do you still encourage young individuals to major in science given the
present low employment marketability of today's scientists?
3. Have you ever felt that you were not being taken seriously by your
graduate/postdoc mentor/boss because of your gender? How did you handle
4. Do you feel that your gender has ever gotten in the way of getting
hired for faculty positions? If so, how did you know?
5. If you are a woman scientist, do you feel that you are is less self
confidence in science than your male counterparts? Did you feel this
influence as a young student?
All responses are welcome!
Thanks in advance!