Ten simple rules for a mom-friendly Academia

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Title: Ten simple rules for a mom-friendly Academia
Authors: Sebastián-González, Esther | Graciá, Eva | Morán Ordóñez, Alejandra | Pérez Ibarra, Irene | Sanz-Aguilar, Ana | Sobral, Mar
Research Group/s: Ecología y Conservación de Poblaciones y Comunidades Animales (ECPCA)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología
Keywords: Women | Gender | Motherhood | Academia
Issue Date: 10-Aug-2023
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Citation: Sebastián-González E, Graciá E, Morán-Ordóñez A, Pérez-Ibarra I, Sanz-Aguilar A, Sobral M (2023) Ten simple rules for a mom-friendly Academia. PLoS Comput Biol 19(8): e1011284. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011284
Abstract: Women (and all gender-discriminated people) are underrepresented in science, especially in leadership positions and higher stages of the scientific career. One of the main causes of career abandonment by women is maternity, with many women leaving Academia after having their first child because of the career penalties associated with motherhood. Thus, more actions to help scientific moms to balance family and academic work are urgently needed to increase representation of women and other gender discriminated people in Academia. Besides mothers, these rules may also benefit other groups such as mothers-to-be, fathers, caregivers, and women in general. Increasing women representation in science, including mothers, is critical because equality is a fundamental right, and because more diverse working environments are more productive and get to more optimal solutions. Here, we describe 10 simple rules that can be adopted in Academia to halt the abandonment of scientific careers by women after motherhood. We strongly encourage their implementation to increase gender diversity and equality in science.
Sponsor: ESG received the grant RYC2019-027216-I, IPI the grant RYC2019-027247-I and ASA the grant RYC-2017-22796, all funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (ref. MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033) and by the European Social Fund “Investing in your future”. IMEDEA is an accredited "Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit" (ref. CEX2021-001198/ funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033) and funded AS-A.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/136776
ISSN: 1553-7358
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011284
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2023 Sebastián-González et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011284
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