Female scientists, engineers, and technologists exist in large numbers (contrary to popular belief) but are abandoning their chosen professions in droves. With the support of a vanguard of concerned firms, the Center for Work-Life Policy recently examined this brain drain.
The research findings show that on the lower rungs of corporate career ladders, fully 41% of highly qualified scientists, engineers, and technologists are women. But the dropout rates are huge: Over time 52% of these talented women quit their jobs. Most strikingly, this female exodus is not a steady trickle. Rather, there seems to be a key moment in women's lives -- in their mid to late thirties -- when most head for the door.
(The complete findings of the study "The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology" are contained in a Harvard Business Review special report, accessible at BrainDrain.hbr.org.)
Full article from the Harvard Business Review.