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Love & Money: How parenthood foils STEM careers — and not just for women

The sky-high cost of having a first child can also include leaving your STEM job.

About four in 10 women (43%) leave their full-time employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics following the birth or adoption of their first child, according to research recently published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Men aren’t immune, either: 23% of new dads do the same.

New parents, the researchers write, “are significantly less likely than similar childless respondents to remain in STEM full time” — both right after having their first kid, and as that kid hits school age.

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