I know a lot of people talk about the shortage of women in high level positions in the STEM fields. While a lot of this is definitely due to the patriarchal nature of the discipline and our culture, perhaps there's more to it than that. As I approach the end of my Masters I find myself questioning my decision to continue for a PhD. As much as I would love to do it and as many questions I still have about entomology that I'd love to find answers for I also wonder how I will be able to pay this lovely mountain of student debt that I've acquired along the way. Being able to choose your field really is a priviledge that people such as myself don't really have.
Here's an excerpt from a rather thought provoking post:
Before you dismiss these thoughts as only applicable to the humanities or social sciences, keep in mind that I'm receiving these posts and insight from fellow entomologists (male and female) who have received MSc's within the last year.
So, I ask you women of entomology...is a PhD really worth it?