Introduction Section I. 1970s Balancing Family and Career Demands with 20/20 Hindsight by Aviva Brecher Extreme Motherhood: You Can't Get There from Here by Joan S. Baizer Careers versus Child Care in Academia by Deborah Ross Identities: Looking Back over Forty Years as a Social Scientist, Woman, and Mother by Marilyn Wilkey Merritt Costs and Rewards of Success in Academia, or Bouncing into the Rubber Ceiling by Marla S. McIntosh One Set of Choices as a Mom and Scientist by Suzanne Epstein Section II. 1980s Three Sides of the Balance by Anne Douglass The Accidental Astronomer by Stefi Baum At Home with Toxicology: A Career Evolves by Emily Monosson Geological Consulting and Kids: An Unpredictable Balancing Act? by Debra Hanneman Career Scientists and the Shared Academic Position by Carol B. de Wet Section III. 1990s Less Pay, a Little Less Work by Heidi Newberg Reflections of a Female Scientist with Outside Interests by Christine Seroogy Part-Time at a National Laboratory: A Split Life by Rebecca A. Efroymson The Eternal Quest for Balance: A Career in Five Acts, No Intermission by Theresa M. Wizemann Reflections on Motherhood and Science by Teresa Capone Cook The Benefits of Four-Dumbbell Support by Catherine O'Riordan Extraordinary Commitments of Time and Energy by Deborah Harris Finding My Way Back to the Bench: An Unexpectedly Satisfying Destination by A. Pia Abola Mothering Primates by Devin Reese Finding the Right Balance, Personal and Professional, as a Mother in Science by Gayle Barbin Zydlewski What? I Don't Need a PhD to Potty-Train My Children? by Nanette J. Pazdernik Variety, Challenge, and Flexibility: The Benefits of Straying from the Narrow Path by Marguerite Toscano The Balancing Act by Kim M. Fowler Juggling through Life's Transitions by Cal Baier-Anderson Having It All, Just Not All at the Same Time by Andrea L. Kalfoglou Section IV. 2000s Exploring Less-Traveled Paths by Deborah Duffy Standing Up by Gina D. Wesley-Hunt Because of Our Mom, a True Rocket Scientist by Elizabeth Douglass and Katherine Douglass On Being What You Love by Rachel Obbard Parsimony Is What We Are Taught, Not What We Live by Sofia Katerina Refetoff Zahed Role Models: Out with the Old and In with the New by Marie Remiker Pursuing Science and Motherhood by Kimberly D'Anna Conclusion Contributors
Emily Monosson is an independent toxicologist. She lives in Montague, Massachusetts. Visit her blog for Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory at sciencemoms.wordpress.com.
"Women trying to squeeze a career and family duties into one 24-hour day will gain much affirmation from this collection of essays. The writers, who all balance science careers and motherhood, provide a fascinating insight into a world too often kept hidden. For those without children it should come with a health warning: the juggling and compromises these women have learned to live with may add up to a sobering reality check for those who still think they can have it all. For some it may prove a powerful contraceptive."-New Scientist, June 2008 "In these heartrending essays, women who are well-trained and well-situated in science detail the compromises they have made in order to raise children and be scientists... The women who succeed-and there are many in this volume-are those whose partners take an equal share of the responsibility for raising a family and making the household function."-American Scientist "Emily Monosson has edited a very interesting book. She has collected essays written by 34 female scientists on how they managed to combine being a scientist with being a mother. It is regrettable that the subject of this book has continued to be relevant despite many decades of struggle by scientists to find a balance between work and family. The problem remains unsolved."-Alice L. Givan, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 2009 "At last-a book to convince women scientists that there is life beyond the professoriate. These brief life stories demonstrate that women professionals do not have to play by men's rules to have a career. They also show the world that women scientists are not only literate but also witty."-Phoebe Leboy, University of Pennsylvania, President, Association for Women in Science "Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory is an engaging, moving, and informative book. It depicts the challenge of combining a career in science with motherhood, using the voices of real women to portray the diversity of possible experiences."-Jo Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Chair, Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison "The stories in Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory are captivating and the picture of science as a field was truly sobering. I found myself thinking about the authors' fascinating stories long after I finished reading this book."-Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law