Guide to this List of Resources
Below are helpful links to various institutional and governmental information about family leave policies arranged into several categories by type. Scroll over a resource and click for a link to the original source.
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This list is by no means exhaustive. It is a starting place. If you would like to share a resource, please include any pertinent citation information and use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Special thanks to Mari Castellano for her assistance in assembling this list.
Institutional/System Policies and Best Practices:
Working Mother magazine article: “Balancing the Work Life Ledger” explaining what criteria make the best companies for working mothers & parents:
Academic Institution Leave Policies:
Title IX and Pregnancy:
Corporate Family Leave Policies:
City and State Family Leave Policies/Laws:
Outside of the United States Policies/Laws:
Support, Additional Data and General Resources:
Academic Mamas Facebook page (by invitation only)
Books about Family Leave and Related Topics:
Academic Op-Eds on Pregnancy, Parental Leave, Caregiving:
The Chronicle of Higher Education, various articles:
Times Higher Education, various articles:
Vitae, various articles:
- https://chroniclevitae.com/news/567-the-perfect-academic-baby https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1201-do-i-have-time-to-write-this
Inside Higher Ed
University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires
Harvard Business Review
Op-Eds on Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Caregiving:
It’s time to make paid parental leave happen nationally, and here’s how to do it (June 2017, Brookings Institute)
How Can Universities Create a Carer-Friendly Culture? by Marie-Pierre Moreau (June 2017, The Guardian)
Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors by Justin Wolfers (June 2016, The NY Times)
How Much Paid Family Leave is Enough? by Rachel Nania (August 2017)
Academia and Maternity Leave by PoweredByOsteons (assistant professor):
Work-Life Balance by The Professor Is In
How does maternity/parental leave work at your college/university? on Reddit ask Academia
Postdoc Parental Leave Policies by Dynamic Ecology
Academia Has a Mom Problem by Megan Rivers-Moore
Being a Caregiver with an Academic Career, by Timothy A. Lepcyzk
Primary Research Articles about Impact of Parental Leave:
(on adult or infant health, on productivity, on child development – and related)
Family Friendly Best Practices:
(anything beyond what is captured in the categories above)
Elder and Adult Care
Anthropology of Care/Giving, ongoing bibliography:
Grad Student Policies:
Articles or posts outlining issues with being a grad student and caregiving issues (e.g. not covered by FMLA, inflexible policies that can suspend or end research or funding, loss of housing, loss/refund financial aid, loss of health insurance, no access to advising, email, labs, library, and may or may not be protected from time limits for matriculation):
Grad Student Leave Policies: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/mama_phd/abcs_and_phds_grad_student_family_leave_policies
FMLA for Grad Students: http://ask.metafilter.com/259200/Family-Medical-Leave-for-Graduate-Students
AHA (www.Historians.org) put together an amazing list of graduate student family leave policies for more than 100 universities and colleges. The link is here: https://www.historians.org/Documents/Family_Leave_Policies.doc
Bibliography and Research Resources
Abramson, Susan. “Work-Life Best Practices in Higher Education.” Powerpoint presentation, Yale University, 13-10-06.
Gahn, Sandra and Susan Carlson. “Breaking the Norms: Measuring the Impact of New Policies.” Powerpoint presentation, Iowa State University, 11-10-2008.
Gault, Barbara, Heidi Hartmann, Ariane Hegewisch, Jessica Milli, and Lindsey Reichlin. Paid Parental Leave in the United States. Report. Institute for Women’s Policy Research, U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. 2014.
Jackson, Rebecca A., MD, Sigrid Garner, MD, MPH, Leah N. Torres, MD, Megan J. Huchko, MD, Marya G. Zlatnik, MD, and Joan C. Williams, JD. “My Obstetrician Got Me Fired: How Work Notes Can Harm Pregnant Patients and What to Do About It.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, January 5, 2015, 1-5. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000971.
Tower, Leslie E. 2015. Changing Work/Life Policy in Institutions of Higher Education: A Case Study. In Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe. Erin K. Anderson and Catherine Richards Solomon, eds. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Lexington Books, 2015.
Tower, L.E. and L.M. Dilks. “Work/Life Satisfaction Policy in ADVANCE Universities: Assessing Levels of Flexibility.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, (2015, June 1).
UC Hastings College of the Law. Effective Policies and Programs for Retention and Advancement of Women in Academia. Worklife Law, 2012.
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