Couple the stressors with limited social support--most women scientists have few such supports--and the imposter phenomenon, in which high-achieving women tend to doubt their abilities and feel inefficacious, and it's easy to see why academic women often are an unhealthy lot.
"I would arrive at the lab at 7:30 a.m. with a clear plan for the day, and exit promptly at 5:30 p.m. to begin mommy duty. The majority of my reading, writing, and planning were done in the evening after my daughter was in bed."
In R&D centers worldwide, molecular biologists are working with mechanical engineers. Physicists are engaged in problem-solving with their colleagues in chemistry and fluid engineering. Materials scientists and software engineers are huddled, working on common ground. ... Gradually, the independence of the ivory tower is moving to the interdependence seen most often in entrepreneurial companies.
At the core of the current draft bill is the very contentious and still-debated intention to eliminate the permanent position of ricercatore, and replace it with the new and untenured aggiunto professorship.