The leaky pipeline of women in STEM: motherhood as a watershed for technical women
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This research focuses on the experiences of technical (i.e. computer science, I/T and engineering) women. It starts with childhood and goes through professional, with the professional focus on motherhood as a potential conflict for women in technical fields. Results from an on-line study of India and U.S. are used for a comparative analysis. Many factors including demographic, burnout, enjoyment and family conflict are evaluated. Finally, the survey ended with a freeform section, which allowed respondents to share their thoughts on motherhood. Responses were varied but added great insight to the diverse views women hold. However, common themes still evolved, such as the role of the manager, spouse and the concept of motherhood.