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Linda Babcock is a professor in economics in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a co-author of The No Club.
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Brenda Peyser was an associate dean and distinguished service professor of communications in the Heinz College’s School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a co-author of The No Club.
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Lise Vesterlund is a professor of economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and co-author of The No Club.
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Laurie R. Weingart is a professor of organizational behaviour and theory in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a co-author of The No Club.
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In August 2022, a group of female scholars wrote ‘Why four scientists spent a year saying no’: an article about what they had gained by saying no to 100 work-related requests over the course of year. We knew we had found kindred spirits in the authors. We, too, have lost time by saying yes to work that didn’t move our careers forward. That led us, four female professors, to form the No Club.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-022-03677-6
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