Work Life Balance
During a professional development seminar, a male professor was talking with our internship cohort about the pros and cons of doing a post doc before going on the job market versus going straight into a faculty job.
He made the comment: “Your quality of life is going to be terrible until you get tenure – so just get used to the idea of working 24 hours a day for those first several years.”
When we perpetuate the idea that work life balance is an unreasonable goal, or that having a life outside of work will lead to failure, we are pushing women out of academia.
Actually, we are pushing men out too, but I think this impacts women to a greater degree.