Dual-Career Couples and Academic Science

Society is increasingly accepting women in the work force, couples are having fewer children and sharing more responsibilities, and employers are increasingly faced with the task of recruiting and accommodating both men and women who are making career decisions constrained by family considerations. The rapidity of these transformations has left individuals, institutions, and society unprepared to cope with the ramifications. Virtually all professional employment sectors are experiencing difficulties in recruitment and retention of individuals involved in dual-career relationships, and most are beginning to respond to the challenge. Those institutions that best enable employees to balance family and career demands will have a competitive edge in the recruitment and retention of personnel.

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