A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that women faculty are more likely to leave academia than men faculty at all stages of their careers in US universities. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, revealed that a harsh workplace climate, including harassment and feelings of not belonging, is the most common reason for women leaving academia. This attrition affects both early-career professionals and those in the highest ranks of universities. The findings help to explain why women are underrepresented among faculty in almost all academic fields in the US. For example, only 28% of professors in STEM fields are women, despite women receiving 40% of STEM PhDs in the past 10 to 15 years. The researchers hope that their study will encourage administrators to take action and address the concerns of women faculty. They emphasize the need to listen to faculty members and to take concrete steps to improve the workplace climate. Despite progress being made, there is still much work to be done to achieve gender equality in academia.
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