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Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:12pm
Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out

Edited by Emily Monosson & published by Cornell University Press


232 pages

I recently contributed to this wonderful book that includes 34 stories from women who have juggled both their careers in science with the 24/7 demands of raising children. These are challenges many of us have to face regardless of whether we are seeking tenure in a philosophy department, working in a lab, or teaching part-time. There is strength in numbers, and strength in letting our voices be heard. We don't whine, but we do discuss some of the personal and institutional barriers that need to come down in order for women to feel supported in their careers and in raising the next generation. Another goal of the book was to encourage more women to join the discussion and advocate for meaningful change. You can contribute by adding your two cents to thebook's blog.

Amazonis selling it at a great discount. The editor and authors would welcome reviews of the book for blogs, journals, etc. If you are a book reviews editor and want a review copy, please contact: Jennifer A Longley at Cornell University Press.


A. Pia Abola, biochemist, writer, and editor

Caroline (Cal) Baier-Anderson, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Environmental Defense

Joan S. Baizer, University at Buffalo

Stefi Baum, Rochester Institute of Technology

Aviva Brecher, U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Teresa Capone Cook, American Heritage Academy

Carol B. de Wet, Franklin & Marshall College

Kimberly D'Anna, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anne Douglass, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Elizabeth Douglass, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Katherine Douglass, George Washington University

Deborah Duffy, University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca A. Efroymson, U.S. government research laboratory

Suzanne Epstein, Food and Drug Administration

Kim M. Fowler, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Debra Hanneman, Whitehall Geogroup, Inc. and

Deborah Harris, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Andrea L. Kalfoglou, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Marla S. McIntosh, University of Maryland

Marilyn Wilkey Merritt, George Washington University

Emily Monosson, toxicologist and writer

Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rachel Obbard, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, England

Catherine O'Riordan, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Nanette J. Pazdernik, independent author and molecular biologist

Devin Reese, National Science Resources Center

Marie Remiker (pseudonym)

Deborah Ross, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Christine Seroogy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marguerite Toscano, independent geoscientist, writer, and editor

Gina D. Wesley-Hunt, Montgomery College

Theresa M. Wizemann, Merck & Co., Inc.

Sofia Refetoff Zahed, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gayle Barbin Zydlewski, Cove Brook Watershed Council, Maine; University of Maine
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