Home life stymies career of female doctor-academics

US researchers questioned 1000 doctors who had recently received career development awards from the National Institutes of Health.

They found big discrepancies between men’s and women’s family responsibilities, concluding women were more likely to sacrifice research time, thus holding back their academic careers.

Married men were almost four times more likely than the married women to have a spouse who worked only part-time or not at all whereas most of the married female doctors had full-time working spouses.