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It’s the economy, stupid!

Finally, a thoughtful article about women and work in the NYT. This quote I found particularly important: “When we saw women starting to drop out in the early part of this decade, we thought it was the motherhood movement, women staying home to raise their kids,” Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Joint Economic…

My letter to TIME

In a week when others in the blogosphere are discussing TIME magazine’s coverage of a pregnancy boom in Gloucester, Massachusetts, there was something else that caught my eye (and my ire). I’ve sent the following letter to the editors at TIME: I’m very disappointed in this week’s illustration for “5 things you should know about.”.…

A ton of feathers (3 of n)

Picking up where we left off a week ago…Caplan outlines 11 myths about women that she argues are pertinent to the case of women in academia. I’m going to skip over the first batch of myths, and focus on the ones specifically about women and working.

Why doesn’t the Daddy just stay home?

I’ll pick up on a comment thread from the last post, in which I argued that whether women with high earning jobs and high earning partners were “opting out” or being forced out missed the fact that many women with high-earning jobs are financially supporting their families and can’t afford to even contemplate “opting out.”…

Why Opting Out Isn’t Really an Option

In the 15 February Science Magazine, Phyllis Moen reviews the book “Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home” by Pamela Stone. Stone examines the phenomenon of women leaving successful to stay home by actually interviewing the women who opt out. As Moen writes: Social scientists have documented the work and family pressures…

Seen and unseen parenting responsbilities

I should say up front that I work in a fairly family-friendly department. They were fantastic when I interviewed (Minnow was just 1 month old) and my colleagues have occasionally asked after her development. I brought her to class once last semester and nobody said anything negative. And there’s a couple of really committed Dads…

A brief political interlude

Bitch PhD pretty well sums up how I feel about today’s primary choices. To those of you who live in states that have primaries or caucuses today, please go out and make your voice heard. Even if you’re not quite sure who to vote for.

Via BitchPh.D. comes this story of a 7 year old who jumped in front of her mother’s murderous ex-boyfriend to save her mother’s life. The little girl was shot six times (and her mother twice) before the police finally showed up. Child and mama both miraculously survived, but they are going to need some help.…

I am a parent-blogger

Kate, our lovely host for the December edition of Scientiae has decreed that the theme is “transcending the debate.” Here’s my (late) entry. Look for the carnival up around the 3rd. Much of what I’ve been blogging about lately has not particularly been about science or about women in science or about women at all.…

Do guys ever think about this stuff?

This morning as I reached into my closet, I suddenly realized that the shirt I’d been planning on wearing would clash with the background on my power point slides for this morning’s lecture. Having made that discovery, I couldn’t subject my students to visual assault, so I had to pick out a different shirt. If…