ERIC Number: ED411720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Living with the Family Leave Act of 1993: Case Studies of Women in Academe.
Liston, Delores D.; Griffin, Marlynn M.; Hecker, Jeanette M.
This preliminary study examined the effects of the Family Leave Act of 1993 on the maternity leave experiences of women in academe, as well as the effect of pregnancy leave on their career decisions. Case study interviews were conducted with seven women faculty from four universities, and family leave policies at these institutions were reviewed. The interviews revealed that none of the women utilized the Family Leave Act -- three relied exclusively on sick leave, three timed their pregnancies so that they would occur during the summer break, one took only 2 weeks off before returning to work, and one hired others to help her finish the term. Many of the women reported waiting to become pregnant until they had reached some career hurdle, such as a defended dissertation or establishment in their job. They also discussed the positive and negative impacts of pregnancy and child rearing on their research, careers, and chances for tenure, as well as the perceptions of their colleagues toward motherhood and the bringing of their children to the office. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family and Medical Leave Act 1993