Becoming a mother can halt career progression, new study shows

The study shows mothers are less willing to travel overseas

LAST UPDATED: 14 Sep, 2016 @ 14:28

pregnant woman sunbathing at a Caribbean beachMOTHERHOOD halts general progression and travel in top performing female academics, a study has shown.

The  Spanish study showed that women, especially mothers over 40, are less willing to travel overseas, limiting their trips to Western Europe.

Researchers found that in 10,349 Spanish doctoral CV’s held by women, only 42% have travelled to surrounding countries internationally.

This stands in stark contrast to 37.6% of men who can travel further, doing more ‘substantial work’ for longer periods of time.

The authors of the report are now analysing European Union-level data to see if similar trends exist across the continent and whether they may contribute towards lower rates of promotion among female academics.

Dr Carolina Cañibano, professor in Economics at the University of Valencia said: “If researchers know they have to be away for at least half a year and if they wish to have a family, they might think ‘let’s get it over and done with it as soon as possible.”

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  1. Of course, post doctoral employment is very difficult to come across in Spain, irrespective of whether you’re a mother or a father. This is why post doctoral degrees are very popular.

  2. Fred, slightly confused with your remark. Do you mean it’s difficult for a PhD to find employment in Spain, or a postdoctoral researcher finds difficulty in finding employment in Spain. No such thing as a postdoctoral degree, a PhD is a degree.

    • Linda, sorry that you are confused, but I think the explanation given is accurate as it is. There certainly are post doctoral degrees, indeed many of my colleagues also have them. You interpret in your own way, and I in mine. Btw, your interpretation does not invalidate what I wrote.

      • Fred, I believe your interpretation needs correcting, that’s why I am confused like other PhD’s that I had asked. They all said a post doctor is a researcher that’s why it is called “post”. Perhaps may be they are all wrong!, but naturally not Fred. Btw, why don’t they all use the title of “post PhD” in that case. Just a thought.

        • Linda, I believe your interpretation needs correcting. I asked other PhD’s as well, and they are not confused by the term. It is a term, it is not a title, nor is it a tangible thing. You are really reading too much in it Linda. I’m not sure we can take it any further, but thanks for your opinions.

    • Correct, there are no post-doctoral degrees unless one mangles English to make ‘post-doctoral’ mean anything received after the date a doctorate was awarded. Incorrect, idiosyncratic language and ‘logic’ would make a BA, BS, MA, MS received after a real doctorate a ‘post doctoral degree’ only because in a linear sense it was received after, though not higher than the doctorate. Of course that misleads anyone not conversant with university degrees, and is probably meant to for the sake of puffery.
      By this same perverted language use he could also claim he had a post doctoral dental appointment, a post foctoral brain embellism, a post doctoral psychiatric appointment, received a post doctoral anthing whatsoever as long as it happened after five minutes after reception of a bona fide doctorate from a real university.
      It is now clear that a certain kind and degree of ‘BS’ informs his claim, and that appears the basis for the tenacity of his silly claims as well.

      • Chas, you seem frustrated that you cannot overturn what I stated earlier. I never mentioned a special type of degree at any point; that was something you misinterpreted at the very beginning, and which you are now backtracking on as you realise your error. Btw, the only people who have butchered the English language are the Americans lol. Now please get back on topic and stop worrying about my personal life.

          • Oh please no more quotes. As soon you lose an argument you are off with Google to find more quotes to distract attention. “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit” – Oscar Wilde. Perfect lol.

          • chas, I searched the internet (which, as you well know, gives untold information) to confirm what we have been saying to Fred regarding “a postdoctoral degree” and guess what thy also confirmed there is no such thing as a “postdoctoral degree”. I enclose just a couple of many passages.
            1. A postdoctoral researcher is a person professionally conducting research after the completion of Their doctoral studies (Typically for a … Appointments Such a research position May be called postdoctoral research fellow , postdoctoral research …Job security and academy.
            2. In general, a PhD is the highest degree you can get. A postdoc is simply a research position that is not permanent, i.e. no fixed contract or tenure. But there is nothing beyond a PhD in terms of degrees.
            Perhaps Fred should notify his many colleagues regarding this matter.

  3. Apart from these semantics, it is not compulsory for women to have children. It isn’t the be all and end all of life. A career can be just as rewarding as motherhood. All women have to do is realise their intellect is stronger than their hormones.
    Or get a co-operative husband.