creating a good climate for women

Sarah Boomer sarai at
Sat Jun 8 17:01:35 EST 1996

Along the same lines as Megan said regarding seminars at decent hours (or
daycare), I really feel that the entire science career track is
anti-family and anti-relationship because of the unwritten (or written)
rules about having to move so many times throughout one's career in
science.  I have known women (and I'm sure there are quite a few men, too)
who have been denied post doc fellowships because they didn't pick up and
move across the country (which would have been difficult because of
family).  In general, too, it's simply a severe marital strain (someday,
I'd really like to see the divorce rates among scientists - I'd bargain
it's pretty darn high). Is this really legal or fair to force one to have
to prove their ultimate dedication to science by sacrificing everything
and moving? I don't think so. I guess I've always looked at the scientists
I admired most and felt that they stayed put during their most productive
years (McClintock, for starters, was known best for her years at
Cold Spring Harbor - and this whole reclusive, productive image seems
rather counter to the chaos that surrounds moving and moving and more
moving).  What can really be done to change this structure?

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