I remember myself and a couple of my postdoc colleagues having a conversation with two really talented young black women who were technicians. We were trying to persuade them to go to graduate school and get on the academia track.I'm told that once upon a time the academic career was for intellectually inclined younger heirs, or perhaps for people willing to take vows of poverty. But if you want to expand the employment pool, improve the job descriptions. Other types of employers might also have affirmative action commitments.
They laughed at us. They told us that we were women in our early thirties who couldn’t afford to buy houses or have children, who spent our nights and weekends working, who didn’t have retirement savings, and who were still struggling to get permanent jobs. Why on earth would they want to be like us? I felt they made a good point.
ACADEMIC PAY PACKETS ARE PARSIMONIOUS. WOMEN AND MINORITIES HARDEST HIT.
Joanne Jacobs, "Why poor blacks don’t want to be professors." Get beyond the usual identity politics stuff and focus on the job descriptions, and the career ladder.