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Gender Differences in Academic Productivity during COVID-19

In a recent study of STEM and medical faculty, women reported a significant decrease in first- and co-author manuscript submissions

by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — November 23, 2020 — During the COVID-19 pandemic, most science and medical faculty began working from home, with women reporting a significant decrease in manuscript submissions. Women also report providing 77.6 percent of the childcare themselves, compared to 61.3 percent for men, according to the Journal of Women's Health

A study of faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) found that those individuals with children younger than six years worked significantly fewer hours after the COVID-19 pandemic. Women reported a significant decrease in first- and co-author manuscript submissions, whereas no significant differences in productivity were reported by men.

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"Overall, significant disparities were observed in academic productivity by gender and child age during COVID-19 'stay-at-home' orders and, if confirmed by further research, should be considered by academic institutions and funding agencies when making decisions regarding funding, hiring, promotion, and tenure," state Rebecca Krukowski, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and her coauthors.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many STEMM faculty to work from home and, especially when young children are in the home, has put a strain on work hours. Publishing is crucial when seeking grant support for research, looking for a job, and seeking promotion and tenure," says Journal of Women's Health editor-in-chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, executive director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health, Richmond, VA.

- This press release was originally published on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers website. It has been edited for style.