I'm still feeling overwhelmed by this week's traffic volume. But I thought I'd take a bit of time this evening to respond to some of the comments and questions that you have been asking.
First off, let me say, that I did take the liberty of deleting a few comments - but nothing with substance. In the future, I'd suggest that if you need to go the bathroom, that you should get up from your computer and do so, rather than leaving a comment on my blog. Also, I don't read gibberish.
Comment: what are you specialized in?
Response: I study -ology, which is one of the natural sciences. My subspecialties are thing1 and thing2 although sometimes I get dragged into thing3. I'm not particularly concerned about the career reprecussions of this blog, but admitting to being the a scholar on rollerblading theory (thanks, B*) seems to be inviting un-needed attention.
Comment: ...wondering, what do you believe in?
Response: I believe that women and men are equal. I believe that for centuries our society has favored men's professional aspirations while supressing those of women. I believe that the 35 years since the passage of Title 9 has not evened the playing field for women in science and in academia.
Comment: why a blog only for scientist -women?.You have other talents and if also you leed outside other things of life and other persons,including men.
Response: Blogging about the woman-scientist part of my life is what I mainly choose to share in this venue. I do have a life (sometimes) outside of this role. When I started this blog, I was feeling particularly isolated (apparently a common feeling), and started this blog as both an outlet and a tool to find support (and I have!).
Comment: "Also, are women really at prime reproductive age when they're starting tenure-track positions?...I mean, most postdocs don't even get decent health insurance, and would have a very hard time paying for child care, etc. I think if we could support postdocs more as they try to start families, we'd have less of an impact on tenure-seeking women."
Response: Good point. If you proceeded diligently from undergraduate to MS to PhD, and got out in a commendable number of years, you would be ~28. If you had 1-2 years of post-doc time and then landed a t-t position, you would already be 30. That's a great age to have your first kid, but plenty of women would like to have them earlier. And that's not even considering if you had taken a less rigid route to your Ph.D. I agree that more support for post-docs and especially graduate students who want to have children might mitigate some of the baby-boom on the t-t and post-tenure.
Comment: why do you think being a natural scientist is different than being a socia scientist (I am neither, or both, well, I think it is all the same and one in the end). But I am doing my phd on a social science project now, and I do not understand the difference at all?
Response: This is a really interesting question. In my mind, the natural sciences encompass a different set of disciplines (those that primarily study non-human systems) than the social sciences (primarily studying human systems). Other than this is there a difference? We use many of the same methods (the scientific method, statistics, theory and empiricism). Maybe natural sciences use less qualitative data than social sciences. Fields like psychology seem to span both the natural and social sciences. What do my readers think?
Comment: I hope you don't find that I "sold-out" to teach. I find that helping today's young people learn the importance of science and critical thinking is also so important.
Response: Of course I don't think you sold out to teach. I completely agree with you, that's why I spent this week teaching MS/HS teachers. Teaching is an incredibly noble profession, I just don't have the temperment to do it full time.
Comment: Costco bookshelf? Looks like the solid oak one that I have.
Response: Nope, I got it at a locally owned furniture store (but it is solid oak). BusinessMan (my husband) and I try to support locally owned stores as much as possible, although we do have weaknesses.
Comment: how's the dog still surviving!
Response: Very well, thank you for asking. Although the heat this weekend is supposed to exceed 100 F, so she and I will probably be spending our time in the AC and in the water.
Finally, many of you posted links to your blogs or requested a link from this page. If you would like me to link to you, please continue to visit here and occasionally comment. If I start to recognize a name, I am more likely to take a look at your blog, and if I like it, you may gain not only a link but a reader.