[Parentsgroup-list] grants for women PhD students in Germany

Christine Dianne Wenc wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Jul 4 13:05:10 EDT 2006


This probably wouldn't apply to anyone here (?), but just throwing it out
there as something a Nobel-prize winning scientist is doing to address the
'women in science' problem--provide grants for housekeeping and child
care.  (She doesn't have any kids, which probably explains her somewhat
cavalier attitude toward tossing them into full-time care, but...)

Also brings up the very weird issue of how societies with the most
traditional values about motherhood (outside the US, of course) have the
longest paid maternity leaves (Germany has had them for 100+ years now, I think), and
that she thinks that long leaves are one of the reasons women have had a
hard time in German science.

I am personally struck by the taken-for-granted assumption that fathers do
next to nothing to clean their houses or care for their kids.

NYT article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/science/04conv.html?ex=1152158400&en=b845736dbc84acaf&ei=5087%0A

and her program:
http://www.cnv-stiftung.de/content/vorhaben_en.html

--Christine





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