Frozen: Why College Gender Gap Spurs Egg Freezing


Claire Tompkins

Future Family

Jon Birger

Fortune Magazine

Lynn Westphal

Stanford University Medical Center

Pasquale Patrizio

Yale University

When Facebook and Apple announced they'd offer egg freezing as a perk, the response was surprisingly negative. Critics accused companies of sending women the wrong message—i.e. that career and long hours take precedence over family. Others accused egg freezers of fooling themselves into believing they could micromanage plans for career and family. Critics got it wrong. Our research shows women are freezing their eggs NOT to prioritize their careers but due to a shortage of college-educate men.

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Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Workplace
Level: Intermediate