Coming Out as Academic Mothers

Hot on the heels of the Emerging Leaders Initiative's workshop on Family Life in Graduate School, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece by Sarah Birken (assistant professor in health policy and management at UNC) and Jessica Borelli (assistant professor of psychology at Pomona) on being mothers. Their advice in five bullet points? 

  • Stop doing too much "women’s work" (i.e., teaching and service)—unless it’s what you love.
  • Stop hazing.
  • Stop hiding the realities of motherhood.
  • Be honest with yourself about the kind of mother you want to be. Own it, and then do it. 
  • Check your own prejudices

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