Why don’t more women pursue careers in the sciences? A new study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, suggests a simple, if saddening, answer: Nearly half of women scientists say their career has caused them to have fewer children than they’d like. About a quarter of men also expressed similar disappointments–even though the male scientists polled seem to have about the same number of children as everyone else in the U.S. Read more.
I do recall a husband and wife team - both scientists - at my undergraduate college who made it pretty public that their careers came first and they were not intending to have children. What surprised me most was the reaction of my Chem-Tech roommate, Mr. Sarcastic Analyst, who had the wife in one of his chemistry classes. He expressed his regret when upon learning of their position. Go figure.