MOTHERHOOD 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.”