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Stopping the Clock

KerryAnn O'Meara and Corbin Campbell say that the presence or absence of role models, the culture of an institution or department, and how much professional capital professors think they have stored up affect whether or not they take advantage of family-friendly policies. "Where they are and where they want to be—that's influencing them as they think about whether they can take parental leave or leave at 5," O'Meara says to the Chronicle of Higher Education. She adds that having gender-neutral policies helps to alleviate some of the unease women feel. "Then it's not like the 'mommy track' anymore," she says.