Being thankful, sort of
There are many reasons for us over here at FairerScience to be thankful this year. Family and friends are healthy and almost all are happy. And speaking of happy; FairerScience friend Seth Campbell-Mortman just sent his rendering of this year's Campbell-Kibler Associates Christmas card. I asked for happy and happy we got! (I'lll post the card in December-- no Christmas before Thanksgiving is a rule here).
While I'm not sure if thankful is the right word; I'm darn happy that the White House has begun their campaign to promote science and math education.
Some of the pieces of the campaign I totally love like that there will be discussions of the scientific method on Sesame Street. (Big digression: Cookie Monster as Veggie Monster may take some rethinking on my part.) National Lab Day looks like it has some real potential as well.
And heck, what's not love when the president says:
Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models, and here at the White House, we’re going to lead by example. We’re going to show young people how cool science can be.
As excited as I am about all this; misquoting Abigail Adam's words but not her intent, I would like to say "remember the childcare". Am figuring that most of you have heard about the report on women in the sciences that found that
married women with children were 35% less likely to get a tenure-track position than married men with children and 33% less likely to do so than single women without children.
Gee you don't think that at least some of that might be related to such a lack of childcare, that good centers for infants have 18 -24 month waiting lists do you? Which when you do that math means you had better start making plans for childcare before you get pregnant--sigh.