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In its current issue, American Scientist discusses policy problems that female academics who choose to have children face. The magazine's Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci say that their "own findings, as well as research by others, show that the effect of children on women's academic careers is so remarkable that it eclipses other factors in contributing to women's under-representation in academic science."

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