Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?

Even before the pandemic, many female scientists felt unsupported in their fields. Now, some are hitting a breaking point.

Like many women during the pandemic, Alisa Stephens found working from home to be a series of wearying challenges.

Dr. Stephens is a biostatistician at the University of Pennsylvania, and the technical and detail-oriented nature of her work requires long uninterrupted stretches of thought. Finding the time and mental space for that work with two young children at home proved to be an impossibility.

 

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