My Second Acts

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“You've got to be f%*@ing stupid!!!” “This is academic career suicide!” “People will believe you didn't get tenure!” “You want to be a housewife!” These are some of the more charitable comments I received from my colleagues and mentors some 20 years ago, when I decided to leave my job as a tenured professor to raise my twins. It was a difficult choice, and I'm not saying that balancing work and family is impossible. But it was the right call for me.

Dr. Ambika Mathur shares her story of leaving her job as a tenured professor to raise her twins and then returning to academia, in Science Magazine.


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