The under-representation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers is an enduring trend that even the most developed economies have struggled to shake off. Many factors contribute to this, from the devaluation of a women in the workplace to the gender pay gap that shows no sign of shrinking anytime soon.
A new study’s findings suggest one factor could be a major contributor to this: Parenthood. A significant number of highly-educated women leave full-time STEM jobs upon having or adopting a child, the study found. This reason causes women to leave at twice the rate of men, according to the paper, called The Changing Career Trajectories of New Parents in STEM.