Journal article

A Leak in the Academic Pipeline: Identity and Health Among Postdoctoral Women

Renate Ysseldyk, Katharine H Greenaway, Elena Hassinger, Sarah Zutrauen, Jana Lintz, Maya P Bhatia, Margaret Frye, Else Starkenburg, Vera Tai

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

Several challenges (e.g., sexism, parental leave, the glass ceiling, etc.) disproportionately affect women in academia (and beyond), and thus perpetuate the leaky pipeline metaphor for women who opt-out of an academic career. Although this pattern can be seen at all levels of the academic hierarchy, a critical time for women facing such challenges is during the postdoctoral stage, when personal life transitions and professional ambitions collide. Using a social identity approach, we explore factors affecting the mental health of postdoctoral women, including identity development (e.g., as a mother, a scientist) and lack of control (uncertainty about one's future personal and professional pro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a Global Scholar Creativity Grant awarded to RY, KG, EH, MB, MF, ES, and VT by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and by a Women and Work Research Incubator Grant awarded to RY, KG, EH, MB, MF, ES, and VT by the Carleton University Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW).