Inflexible partners and women’s careers
Inside Higher Ed - 10/15/2015
One of the authors, Kathrin Zippel, associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University, said this could be because it was more difficult to convince partners with a full-time job to move to another country. “What we believe is common sense: that partners, especially with full-time jobs and careers, are far less portable than children,” she said.
Female academics without children were more likely to collaborate internationally if they were single than if their partner worked full time, the research found.
It might have been expected that a partner’s extra income would help women to be involved in collaborations internationally, said Zippel, “but it actually could keep them from going abroad.”
Zippel cautioned that the survey “includes only women on the academic track and not those who left academia because they couldn’t solve work-family conflicts — so an already privileged and selected group.”