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Mothers on the Fast TrackHow a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers$
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Mary Ann Mason and Eve Mason Ekman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182675.001.0001

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The Student Years: Eighteen to Thirty-Two

The Student Years: Eighteen to Thirty-Two

(p.9) 2 The Student Years: Eighteen to Thirty-Two
Mothers on the Fast Track

Mary Ann Mason

Eve Mason Ekman

Oxford University Press

Choosing to enter a high-status male-dominated profession requires years of additional training, financial sacrifice, and hard work. This chapter argues that although some ambitious young women—especially those in sciences—may encounter discrimination and an uncompromising, female- and family-unfriendly environment, women are entering graduate programs in record numbers with the confidence that they will be successful in their careers. Guidance from a mentor is a key determinant of women's success during the formative student years, when women are faced for the first time with critical career and family choices. While graduate school is a time to refine academic and professional skills, it is also a time when many women consider marriage and family. Young women today believe they should have years to focus on their own development and careers without the hindrance of family obligations.

Keywords:   student life, women students, student parents, gender discrimination, graduate programs

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