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Mothers attempting to balance parenthood and academics.

March 20, 2011 - 3:37pm
My first response to "Felicity"'s comment on my last post was defensive. I thought she had a lot of nerve presuming that she knew anything significant about my life, or lack thereof, from a series of blog posts. I had drafted a response along the lines of:A) This is a parenting blog, so I write about parenting issues. A casual reader of my posts on Buzz, Balls & Hype might not even realize that I had a child;
March 17, 2011 - 9:52pm
I usually enjoy reading comments to my columns, and my column from last week was no exception. I picked up several comments to the list of reasons I spelled out that are commonly given for why women are paid less than men. One of the reasons I gave was the argument commonly made that women may get paid less than men because they tend to have less education than men of similar background. This argument was only one reason in the list I gave, but was the one argument that drew comments.
March 16, 2011 - 7:29pm
There’s been a lot of negative media lately, particularly surrounding education and teachers' unions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.My children attend a Florida public high school that is ranked as one of the top five best schools in the state for academics, and consistently ranked number one in football and volleyball. They have an extensive Advanced Placement course program that is so popular that my kids cannot get into all of the AP courses that they want. The courses are large and overenrolled, but at least they are challenging.
March 16, 2011 - 7:41am
Illinois decision to decouple IT chain of command from the academic one, and resignation of a displeased CIO, sparks debate on "centralized" technology.
March 14, 2011 - 10:12pm
When I went to type the title of this post -- “Sprint” -- my fingers went to a different word instead: “Spring.” And that seems about right for this time of year. With Spring Break over, I feel as if I’m now in a sprint to the finish line. But in fact we’re not quite there yet; the sprint really begins, just after spring does, in a couple more weeks. We have another week or two to gear up, then, for the last month of classes, the month in which honors theses are due, final projects get finalized, next year’s schedule is settled and students start to register…and so on.
March 13, 2011 - 5:21pm
Both of Ben’s bands are taking off. His school jazz band is literally taking off in a little over a week; they have been accepted as performers at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
March 10, 2011 - 6:43pm
I am commonly struck with a mixture of pride, relief and fear when I hand in my column each week. The fear comes from a realization that I need to write another column next week. This was not the case for long last week. After reading the comments posted to my column from last week, I realized that I wanted to dust off some of my text books from my Labor Economics classes I taught long ago. In them are some thoughts about why it is that women are often paid less than men, a common theme among the respondents to my column last week.
March 10, 2011 - 12:27am
Dear Danya, Lisa, and Melissa, and Trina,
March 8, 2011 - 8:46pm
Like Libby, I also was interested in Rosemarie’s Monday post about Role Models. I agree with both of these Mama, PhDs that our generation is in the unique position of being at the exciting beginning of the era redefining amazing opportunities that women (and their families) have in the workforce and in academia.

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