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Kick-off Post for Two-Body Problem Series

21 Nov 2019, 20:00 UTC
Kick-off Post for Two-Body Problem Series
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Image Credit: SXS, the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) project (http://www.black-holes.org)The two-body problem refers to the complications of dual-working partners finding jobs in the same location. This is a special issue for academics for several reasons, principally 1) academics are more likely to be partnered with other academics and 2) jobs in academia are scarce and finding two in the same location is difficult. For women, especially those partnered with men, this becomes even more precarious as academics who identify as women are far more likely to have a partner in the same field or within academia. They are also more likely to “follow” their partner, resulting in compromising their career path for the ability to live with their partner and family. The CSWA has recognized the impact of the two-body problem on careers for women in astronomy, and frequently posted to this blog. However, our last posts about this issue were in 2014, and we believe it is time to kick-off a new series, bringing in personal stories, insights from the hiring standpoint, and looking for solutions. If you would like to contribute a post, email the Blogger-in-Chief, JoEllen McBride (joellen.mcbride_at_gmail.com). In this kick-off post, we are sharing an interview ...

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