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Sheril, Isis, Alice,Zuska and many others have introduced you to the Silence Is the Enemy project, aimed at condemning and reducing sexual violence in places like Liberia, Congo, Darfur and other conflict ridden places in the world. In Liberia, for example, as many as 3/4 of the women have been raped, often repeatedly. And 28%…

For the past few years, I have been horrified by Nicholas Kristof’s posts about violence against children in various crisis zones around the globe – and I have been captivated by his stories of choosing to engage as a human being with such distress and pain rather than a so-called “impartial” or “objective” journalist. In…

Stupid patriarchy tricks: # eleventy!

Yesterday Sheril Kirschenbaum and Chris Mooney of the Intersection announced that they were leaving Scienceblogs in favor of new digs at Discover. Unfortunately, commenters on other blogs around those parts have been behaving badly on posts welcoming the new bloggers. It appears that it doesn’t matter how good a scientist and writer a blogger is,…

Happy New Year everyone! I just read a fantastic post by Pat at Fairer Science, where she quotes from writings by mill girls in 19th century New England. The ideas put forward by the young woman who wrote the essay are eerily prescient of the sentiments I expressed 170 years later. I also wanted to…

Another vision

I have a dream that one day, academics–both men and women–will be able to take time to go the mountain top–or just the hill in the local park, or even a slope on campus–and cherish watching their toddlers roll down, confident that their careers aren’t rolling downhill with them. I have a dream that academics…

My revolution looks like this…

There’s quite the discussion going on over at Dr. Isis’s house about different approaches to feminism and how the actions and choices of mothers and others do or do not conform to particular feminist philosophies. I made a comment early this morning that perhaps wasn’t clear enough about where I thought the current US societal…

A beautiful post from Kate

I’m at the end of a super long work week, one where I saw even less of Minnow than usual, and one that’s leaving me wondering whether my priorities need adjusting. And as I listen to Minnow babble herself to sleep down the hall, I discover this beautiful post from one of the most thoughtful…

Daycare versus tenure versus financial ruin

Money is on my mind a lot this semester. First, there’s the grant writing marathon. And then there’s the personal budgetary shortfall. Without a second income, we run a several hundred dollar per month shortfall. I’ve trimmed the fat from the budget and we’re eating through the small amount of savings we had squirreled away.…

SW hearts Michelle Obama

Possibly my favorite political statement of all time: I was raised to believe I could do it all, and that was very empowering. Then I got into the work force and realized there was really no support for me to do it all. … We either have to fix that or be honest about it.…

After my experiences a few weeks ago, and the ensuing discussion, I haven’t been able to get the topic of childcare and professional travel out of my head. So here’s a reckless proposal on the topic. For everybody: 1) We need to recognize that to be successful, scientists, engineers, or academics need to engage in…