Overcoming challenges as a woman

Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: Dr Funmilayo Doherty on Feb. 9, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

A lot of women have not been able to rise career-wise (like their male counterpart) because of the challenges of taking care of the family in addition to work schedule and research. It is possible to balance this if you have a supportive hubby and family. Some women have also said spacing childbirth have given them enough time to concentrate on their research work. Other women can share their experience as well on this platform.

 Funmilayo Doherty

AuthorAID Community Moderator


Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: Helen Christine Amongin Waiswa on Feb. 11, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Thank you Dr. Doherty for this Forum.

What happens to women who spent their time raising a family and cannot get scholarships or funding because they do not belong to a younger age?


Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: Ilesanmi Funmilayo on Feb. 12, 2018, 7:43 a.m.

It is a serious issue especially here in Our beloved country Nigeria where there are no preferencial or special  treatment  for women who must attend to family matters and still pursue academic excellence 

Ilesanmi Florence. Nigerian stored products Research  Institute 

Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: Zainab Yunusa-Kaltungo on Feb. 17, 2018, 11:36 p.m.

Hi Helen Christine Amongin Waiswa,

I admire your interest in academia even in ‘older age’. I’d encourage you with the age old saying ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’. Here are my suggestions for you.

1. Consider teaming up with researchers near you to make your interest visible. This will likely open up chances for grants/funding for you.

2. Check out the resources such as OWSD and many more on the authoraid site and the new forum for funding opportunities applicable to you.


Best wishes.

[Zainab Yunusa-Kaltungo] AuthorAID Community Moderator http://www.authoraid.info/static/img/authoraid-logo-web.png

Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: Adeola Eniola Ayano on Feb. 21, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

This topic is a very good one. The challenge is common to married-working-women. And sometimes a once supportive partner begins to feel 'fatigue' beyond tolerable length of time. This could be due to   continuous pursiit of higher degree/studies/ post doc.......and other demanding engagement. Kindly advise

Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: D. Margaret Avery on March 9, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

It is interesting (disheartening is perhaps  better word!) that there is still this gender disparity. However, I just want to suggest that one thing you might be able to push for is re-defining Early Career Researchers (ECRs). For instance, a set number of years post-PhD is better than age because often men as well as women may not go straight through from high school to PhD for any number of reasons. This way, if you start your PhD late or have to interrupt it you won't be penalised even if your above the conventional age. In the matter of childcare, is it possible to arrange a creche at your uiversities or even perhaps to form a group of parents who will take turns looking after the children? Have you tried contacting developed-world academics who are young mothers to see if they can offer any thoughts on this? 

Margaret Avery, palaeoecologist, AuthorAID Community Moderator

Re: Overcoming challenges as a woman  

  By: D. Margaret Avery on March 10, 2018, 10:45 a.m.


This study and questionnaire may interest people.

Margaret Avery, palaeoecologist, AuthorAID Community Moderator

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