Dear Mrs. Patton: From one ‘Princeton Mom’ to another

Dear Mrs. Patton: I’ve been watching the media tour surrounding your new book, Marry Smart, with some interest. For starters, you’ve done an amazing job at branding yourself. You are now “The Princeton Mom,” which means that none of the other 700 women Princeton graduates every year, about 80 percent of whom eventually have children, can use it. Ni… read more »

Who deals with childcare disruptions?

The question of what, exactly, holds women back professionally is a complicated one. It tends to involve a lot of impressions, rather than data, which is frustrating for trying to have a rational conversation.
So I’m thrilled to see a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine (hat tip to Vicki!) that attempts to address this question. Looking at hund… read more »

#MAKERS2014 and the question of conferences

I spent the first part of this week at the MAKERS conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The conference, which arose out of a documentary project telling the stories of trailblazing women, offered a good excuse to get out of snowy Philadelphia and into a lovely resort on the Pacific Ocean.
It was also one of the most star-studded, yet intimate conferences I hav… read more »

Breadwinning, and stories we tell ourselves

Women are earning more degrees than men. While the top ranks of companies are still predominantly male, more women are advancing into leadership roles. This eventually starts to affect the composition of families and their economics. Consequently, lots of people have been pontificating lately about women who earn more than their partners. How do people… read more »

So why am I not in STEM?

Over at Wandering Scientist, Cloud posted a lovely rant about efforts to make STEM more attractive to women. The idea that somehow science, technology, engineering, and math careers need to be made more pink for fragile females to enjoy, or that such careers should be more family-friendly because only women need that, is sexist in its own right. After recou… read more »