This project began with single post to a Listserve for scientists (a list for former AAAS fellows.) It was an excerpt and link to a New York Times article about the illusion of combining motherhood and career. The response to that email was immediate, enthusiastic, emotional (and surprising). For many women (and a few men) this was the first time anyone had asked that they share their own experience. It was clear that there needed to be a forum for discussion where no one would be judged and where no one would put their career in jeopardy because they were discussing the difficulties (and joys) of juggling job and family.
This project eventually led to the book, Motherhood, The Elephant in the Laboratory: women scientists speak out published by Cornell University Press, a collection of essays about science and motherhood, written by 34 women scientists.
With this site I hope to go beyond the book, serving as a forum for discussion, organization and hopefully change.
Please feel free to contribute your story, ideas, thoughts (see How to Contribute ) we welcome anyone who’d like to join us.