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The Baby Penalty

June 17, 2013

I keep seeing this article pop around websites this morning: “Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby.”

I’m happy to see all the family friendly policies mentioned concerning assistant professors.  But, as the article points out, the “baby penalty” is also a concern for graduate students who are parents. My question: do you know of any family friendly policies for grad students?

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Amanda Murdie is Professor & Dean Rusk Scholar of International Relations in the Department of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Help or Harm: The Human Security Effects of International NGOs (Stanford, 2014). Her main research interests include non-state actors, and human rights and human security.

When not blogging, Amanda enjoys hanging out with her two pre-teen daughters (as long as she can keep them away from their cell phones) and her fabulous significant other.