Poll Results for “What’s in a Name?”

Names are used as identification and often provide the world with information about our identity, marrital status, country of origin, and even cultural and religious information.  Now, using only a name, the internet can provide even more information (both personal and professional) about our identity. So, it’s no surprise that everyone feels strongly when making the decision to keep, ditch, or morph their surnames after marriage.  In my previous post,“What’s in a Name?”, I asked you all to take a survey answering personal questions about what influenced your decision about keeping or changing your surname. This is a follow-up post to report on the results of that survey. There were over 100 visitors to the post, and of those visitors, I received a total of 46 responses to my poll (which is not too shabby!).  The majority of the responses were from Canadian women born between 1980-1989.  The Women that took this survey overwhelmingly chose to keep or morph their names (70%) based primarily on personal and professional reasons.  Overall, participants were just as intrigued about the topic of names, and contributed many eye opening comments that are included in this post.

So why did YOU choose to keep, ditch, or morph your surname?  Here’s the results broken down by question:

1) What is your gender?

Of the 46 responders, 42 were female and 4 were male.  (So if you are just reading this now, and especially if you are male, it not too late to take the survey!)  The 4 men that responded to my survey had very open minded opinions but if your interested in another (larger) survey visit, “How Men REALLY Feel When You keep Your Last Name” published in Women’sHealth (August 2013).

Your comments:

“I’ve considered hyphenating my name, but generally speaking women I have dated would prefer we each keep our own names or that she would change hers.” (Male, USA, born 1987)

“Who knows what will happen if/when I get married! If my partner would have particularly strong feelings about what to do with our names, I would probably default to their position, because I don’t.” (Male, USA, born 1987)

2) What year were you born? The results were skewed towards responders born in the 1980’s.  (This bias is most definitely a result of a large number of my friends/peers reading my blog and taking the poll.)  None-the-less, there was a strong response from women born in the 80’s and 90’s to keep their surname (or hyphenate).  Women born in the 70’s were torn (about 50/50) and majority of all women born before the 1970 changed their name.

Percent (%) of responders born within a certain decade.
Figure 1, Percent (%) of responders born within a certain decade: blue= 1950-1959 (7%), red= 1960-1969 (2%), green= 1970-1979 (20%), purple= 1980-1989 (60%), and teal= 1990-1999 (11%).

Your comments:

“I was married in Germany, before there was a choice to keep your surname (1988). Looking back, if I was given the choice, I would have kept my maiden name.” (Female, Germany)

3) What is your country of origin? Responders to the poll were spread across 9 country’s, including Canada (54%), U.S.A. (32%), United Kingdom (2%), Romania (2%), Republic of Georgia (2%), India (2%), Germany (2%), Australia (2%) and Switzerland (2%).

Your comments:

“In India..an individual’s surname usually indicates his/her caste (example: Raja Patel – Patel denotes a caste). This allows people to identify people’s caste, which at times lead to discrimination.  My current surname has NO connotations to caste. It is my father’s first name. By keeping my current surname I hope to carry my fathers name around rather than a caste name!” (Female, India, 1988)

“Other reason- husband previously married, did not want to be second Mrs. x (even though 1st partner changed name back after divorce). Long standing tradition in Scotland to have mothers maiden name as middle name, we did this so my son has both names but it’s not too long (my last name is 7 letters, makes for a long hyphenated name).” (Female, Canada, 1983)

4) What is your sexual orientation?

Unfortunately, there were very few responses from the gay community (but again, it’s not too late, and if you are reading this… go take the survey!).  Majority of the responses were from heterosexual (84%) readers but a few from bisexual (11%) and homosexual (5%) as well.  ALL homosexual responders kept (or would keep) their name.  The majority of bisexual responders replied that they would keep or hyphenate their name (one mention that it depends on the aesthetics of her partners name).

Your comments:

“As a lesbian, I think it is interesting to see how the gay population is dealing with the last name thing now that marriage is legal in so many places. I have married gay friends who have hyphenated, who have kept their own names, and one couple who is considering coming up with a new last name altogether that they would both take. It’s interesting to see how the gay community deals with the last name issue, and if we consider the same things as does the straight community when deciding what to do. I think we have less pressure to take someone else’s name, but perhaps the same desire to be seen as a ‘team’.”  (Female, USA, 1973)

“Before we were married, we briefly, and half-jokingly considered changing our surnames to something non-familial–it would have been Sanchez!– but that conversation didn’t go very far, and my Mom was a bit against the idea. So six years on we have kept the names we were born with, doesn’t seem much point to change now.” (Male, Canada, 1970)

5) What is your highest level of education?

This poll was strongly biased by highly educated people, Figure 2 (good for you!).     This not not a typical result… therefore, I’m not going to make any inferences here.

Percent (%) of responders  for three groups of education: 1) blue= graduate school, 2) red= post secondary school, and 3) green= secondary school.
Figure 2, Percent (%) of responders for three groups of education: 1) blue= graduate school [61%], 2) red= post secondary school [37%], and 3) green= secondary school [2%].
6) How many times have you been married?

Majority skipped this question… fair enough!  So, I looked up some stats on marriage and divorce in the US. In 2009, 58% of women & 54 % of men (age 15+ married once), 12 % of men & 13 % of women had married twice, 3 % each had married three or more times (Kreider & Ellis 2011).  Again, no data here, so I can’t speculate on any correlations on the number of marriages and names.

7) After marriage, did you (or plan to) KEEP your surname?

The majority of responders said that they kept or morphed their name (70%) as opposed to those that changed (30%).

Percent (%) of responders for 5 answers: 1) blue= Yes,  "keep my name" [57%], 2) red= No, "change it" [30%], 3) green= Hyphenate [9%], 4) Other [4%], and 5) Fuse [0%].
Figure 3, Percent (%) of responders for 5 answers: 1) blue= Yes, “keep my name” [57%], 2) red= No, “change it” [30%], 3) green= Hyphenate [9%], 4) Other [4%], and 5) Fuse [0%].
Your comments:

“I absolutely loath fused names. just a point i felt i needed to make.”  (Female, Canada, 1986)

8) Rank the reasons for keeping/changing your surname.

The all together top 5 (weighted) reasons that you kept/ changed your surname were 1) personal identity, 2) professional identity, 3) Family Identity, 4) Hassle and 5) Aesthetics.

Your comments:

“I am not the property of my father, and i do not become the property of my husband upon marriage. my name is mine and i’ll keep it.” (Female, United Kingdom, 1987)

“I’ve always loved my last name. I think when/if I ever get married my decision to either keep or change my last name, or make up an entirely new one will depend in part on the last name of my partner. I really like the idea of making up a new last name, but I I think family identity is too important to me for me to be able to do that.” (Female, Canada, 1988)

“In my case, Reason # 1 was it would create too many confusions professionally with publications and taxonomy in terms of naming new species. I was already published and had named new species under my maiden name. Reason #2 is that most people find my husband’s name unpronounceable. I did not want to have to become “Dr. LeChe…. Dr. LeCheva…. Dr. LeChevali…. etc.” to students. Or worse, “Dr. L.” because people are completely incompetent at both reading and French.” (Female, USA, 1975)

“None of the reasons listed are particularly important to me – I don’t plan to get married or have married or have children and thus have no reason to change me name.” (Female, Canada, 1986)

“I changed mine for [children, religion, cultural reasons, and family identity] but also because I got married RIGHT before my first pub came out, so having it change would not show up on my CV. If I was already published, I’m not sure I would have changed it.”  (Female, USA, 1990)

“I like how his surname sounds with my first name. I want people to know I’m his wife. I feel that I have changed as a person since I’ve lived with my parents and consider my new name my adult name. I want to have the same name as our kids.” (Female, USA, 1984)

“I also get “Oh you’re one of those people” with the stigma that I must be a weak minded, living in the past woman who doesn’t know better. I took my husbands name simply because I wanted to. I always find it curious that people have an opinion of what others choose. Good for you for choosing what fit you. If “being one of those” means we are among strong happy women who know what suits them, then I am indeed on of those!” (Female, Canada)


Kreider  RM & Ellis R (2011) Number, Timing, and Duration ofMarriages and Divorces: 2009. U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 10 pages.


I know statisticians hate pie charts.  (Viorel just made a point to tell me.)  So, to all you statisticians (or non-statisticians) that hate pie charts, I apologize but I just think they’re pretty and I never get to make them.  …Making up for lost pie chart time here.

Tavi and the Rex-a-roo wanted to have their pictures taken too (for the featured image in “What’s in a Name?”)… Viorel declined to participate.

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“What’s in a name?”

Recently I was asked “why didn’t you take your husbands surname, Popescu?” For me, and for my husband, it wasn’t a decision we gave much thought.  Many women in Academia keep their names for professional reasons (publications, contacts and networks, etc.).  So, in our circle, it’s not uncommon and (up until this moment) we have never felt any stigma associated with our choice.  For me, the answer was simple… I like my name.  It sounds pretty and it’s been mine my whole life.  Anything else just wouldn’t feel right.  (And if I’m being totally honest here, my name would have been Bekka Sue Popescu.  Which rhymes and sounds silly!)  Nonetheless, when I had to explain the reason for keeping my surname, the response I sometimes received was, “oh, you’re one of those people!”  Hmm…  Yeah, I guess I am one of those people.  So, this post is about finding out more about those people who choose to keep their surname.

There are many reasons for a women (and even a man) to keep, change, hyphenate or even fuse their name after marriage, and over the years, these reasons have changed dramatically.  These reasons include children, identity, career, culture, religion, aesthetics (like the sound of Bekka Sue Popescu), and hassle.  With the passage of time, changes in social and cultural norms, the weight placed on these reasons has changed dramatically too.

To start my investigation about those people, I asked friends, family, and friends of family.  As an American, and a scientist, its normal for me ask lots of questions.  This time however, the type of questions I was asking were personal… and it was hard to get people to share private information.  When I did receive responses it became obvious that many people, especially women, struggle with the question.  If was clearly great blogging material!!

Mrs. Brodie, Popescu, Brodie-Popescu, Popescu-Brodie, Brodescu?!?!
Mrs. Brodie, Popescu, Brodie-Popescu, Popescu-Brodie, Brodescu?!?!

After my initial survey, it appeared to me that the main reason older generations of women decide to change their names after marriage or, after divorce, keep their former surname was for their children.  From the responses I received women explained, “it cuts down the confusion at school” making it easier for the children because “children that had different names than their parents meant that they were out of wed-lock”.  Fifty years ago, the main reason to marry was to have children and a women’s job was to raise them.  However, with the passage of time and the acceptance of women in the work force, this stigma has been reduced (in places but not everywhere).  Many of my friends and colleagues have kept their maiden name after marriage and children were not a consideration that factored into their decision making.

Some women I interviewed wanted to accept their growth and change in identity (as wife and a mother) and take their husbands name. Even after a divorce one women’s comment was, “I wanted my child and I to be identified as a team” and kept her previous husbands surname.  Many young women, however,  explained to me that they prioritize their identity, independent of their husband and children (or future children).  One of the responses I received was, “I am many things, a friend, sister, scientist…. not just a wife and mother.”  In fact, one women admitted it was silly but that “when mail arrives for Mrs. John Smith (made up name to protect privacy), I do not regard it as having anything to do with me, for I am not Mrs. John Smith, and even get irritated by it.  It’s annoying when people make that assumption.”

Adopting your husbands name is a tradition held in English speaking countries (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia) and a few others (South Asia and India). European countries seem to be a lot less traditional than North Americans. In most European countries, women keep their traditional surnames, in France “no one may use another name than that given on his birth certificate”.   There is more flexibility, women can adopt her husbands name or men can adopt his wife’s name; and there appears to be no social stigma (which you would most certainly find in North America). Also in Europe, there is an increasing trend for couples to live together in a committed relationship that choose never to get married because they “just don’t see the point.”

The number of women keeping their surname has been on an upward trend, peaking in the 1990’s (Kopelman, R and Prottas, D. J. 2009).  The increase is undoubtedly linked to the feminist movement (1960’s and 1970’s), the increased number of women in the work force, and the diversity of careers they hold.  Career women who have built a professional network don’t want to potentially compromise it by changing their names.   In fact, research has shown women married between the ages of 35-39 are 6.4 times more likely to keep their name (Kerns et al. 2011).  Similarly, the divorced women I’ve interviewed have kept their x-husbands surname because they had already established themselves and their career.  Additionally, although it hasn’t been investigated, I would be willing to bet the increased use of online social media (LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Facebook, etc.), which makes local and global networking (professional and personal) easier, has played a large role in women’s choice to keep their surname… it would be interesting to look for a correlation there.

Lastly, many women explained to me that they kept or changed their name for aesthetic reasons, i.e. it is pretty and they like it (or sound terrible and really don’t like it).  One of my very close friends has an Italian first name and, will only consider taking her future husbands surname if it’s Italian because “It just won’t sound right.”  She said she “would consider fusing surnames” (different than hyphenation) which is becoming a popular trend with young couples. Many women admitted that the whole thing is “just a huge hassle with all the paperwork and fees, it’s just not worth it!”  None of the women I interviewed mentioned religion, culture, or tradition affecting their choice but, undoubtedly, I’m sure they are out there!  (I’ll admit my sample size has been biased thus far!)

There are many reasons for women (and men!) choose to keep or change their names after marriage but, as I learned during my investigations, this is a very personal question.  (Additionally, I realize that asking a subsample of friends, family, and friends of family is rather biased.) It’s one of those topic’s which really fascinates me and, additionally, I’m very curious how the gay population is dealing with surnames now that marriage is legal in so many places. So I invite you all to take a brief (only 8 questions) and anonymous survey, or kindly leave a comment with your opinion on the topic.  The results from the poll will be updated on this post as the data rolls in.


Kerns, Myleah Y. 2011. North American Women’s Surname Choice Based on Ethnicity and Self-Identification as Feminists. Names- A Journal of Onomastics, 59 (2) 104-117.

Kopelman, Richard E.; Prottas, David J. 2009. The bride is keeping her name: a 35-year retrospective analysis of trends and correlates. Social behavior and personality, 37 (5) 687-700.

3 Minute Thesis and a Commitment to Story Telling

A large crowed of people stares expectantly waiting for me to begin; my heart races, I breath deeply in an attempt to calm myself but my nerves give me away because my eye starts to twitch and I shiver.  I’m terrified of public speaking!

The truth is it never gets any easier for me.  I’m one of those people that have hidden in the back of the class rooms for years but, as a Phd candidate, I can’t hide anymore.  I’m expected to present material at lab meetings, conferences, and in classrooms.  The honest truth is that I don’t want to hide anymore!  I have fascinating research that I want to be able to share with everyone.  So, while it may not get easier, I can always improve how I communicate and, hopefully, boost my confidence as a public speaker.  To help myself improve, and with a little help from colleagues, I entered the 3 Minute Thesis Competition on campus!

The 3 Minute Thesis is a competition that originated in Australasia and has now spread to North America.  Competitors need to describe their research (or thesis) in 180 seconds in an engaging form that can be understood by an audience with no background in the research area.  (For example, I pretend I’m talking to my mother or neighbour about my work.)  The rules stipulate that participates may not use media or props, have only one static PowerPoint slide and use spoken word only (no poems, song, or rap).

I attended an orientation on how to present a 3 minute thesis offered by Dr. George Agnes, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Academics.  A 3 Minute Thesis is the equivalent to an elevator pitch.  It is important to have a prepared elevator pitch any time you find your self bumping into someone (let’s say Bill Gates) and converting the chance into an opportunity and deepen the interaction into (hopefully) a collaboration. The idea being, that you should be able to clearly communicate your work in the amount it takes an elevator to reach its destination.  At the orientation, I learned how to hook the attention of my audience with my first sentence, keep their attention with the drama of my research, and close the story with a complete ending (i.e. everyone lived happily ever or… how my research applies to YOU).

I worked very hard on my presentation but I also had a lot of help.  George Anges made the mistake of inviting people from the orientation to stop by for additional help.  So, once I had an outline for my presentation, I went back to George Agnes for fine tuning and then practiced in a lab meeting.  The lab meeting was controversial, everyone was in disagreement about the “hook”; was it pest management, food safety, food science, or forensic science.  …I left the lab meeting worse off than I started.  With the help of my husband and John Borden, Scientist at Scotts Canada, I finally got my presentation back on course.  I settled on Pest Science as my “hook”, a short story about how to control blow flies or “keeping maggots of your meal”.

Finally it was time to put my hard work to the challenge! I competed with 9 other graduate students in the faculty of sciences heat… and I won!  I was awarded both first place and peoples choice (determined by audience vote)!    I did have one of my lab-mates strong arming votes for me but, it turned out, I didn’t need it!

Next I will be competing in the University-wide finals against 12 other graduate students in 10 different faculties, Including but not limited to, Geography, Communication, Archaeology, computing science, engineering and education. The finals are on Monday, March 10th at 5:45 PST, and you can reserve a seat or watch it live!

While working on my 3 Minute thesis I learned about some of my strengths and, although it was hard to hear, my weaknesses too.  I learned that I have great ideas, I’m always reading and asking novel research questions.  I’m sarcastic, witty and maybe, at times (I hope) even funny.  What I also learned, is that those strengths are worthless if I can’t communicate effectively and tell a good story.

Story telling may seem common sense but for me it was difficult.  In my defence, I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a story (not including scientific manuscripts).  Maybe fall semester of my freshmen year in 1999.  (1999! Yikes!)  After which, scientific writing has been drilled into me.  I deal with facts and not emotion. After re-reading my last two blogs I noticed I had no drama.  Just a list of the facts.

This blog is not just about flies, science, feminism, and motherhood.  It’s also about self improvement and development.  I promise, from this point forward, that there will be change! Improved story telling on this blog!

While it may not ever get any easier, I can always improve how I communicate and, hopefully, boost my confidence as a public speaker.  Wish me luck next week.  Or, even better, watch me compete with the best of Simon Fraser University!


Presenting my 3 Minute Thesis: Multi-modal foraging and communication in Blow flies.


…and answering questions form the audience.


Peoples Choice Award with Dr. George Agnes, Associate Dean of academics in the department of Chemistry.


Competitors for the 3 Minute Thesis- faculty of science heat.

March 25th UPDATE: Results for SFU’s 3 MT finals

First Place- Aviva Finkelstein (Canada), Archaeology: Trace Elements in Human Skeletal Remains: Determining Place Origin Through Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) Analysis.

Second Place- Allison Cornell (United States), Biology: Predictive Cues and Fitness Consequences of Breeding Phenology.

Third Place- Bekka Brodie (United States), Biology: Multi-modal Foraging and Communication in Blow Flies.

Peoples Choice- Pradeep Reddy Raamana (India), Engineering Science: Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Congratulations to the winners of SFU’s 3 MT competition!

From left to right: Pradeep Reddy Raamana (Peoples Choice), Bekka Brodie (Third Place), Allison Cornell (Second Place), Aviva Finkelstein (First Place).

Face your Fear

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962).

Three years ago, I moved cross county and internationally with my family in tow.  We moved from Orono, Maine, USA to Burnaby, BC, Canada so that I could begin a PhD position at Simon Fraser University.  Yes, that’s right; I made my entire family move here so I could pursue my passion.


Map of Route Viorel took from Orono, ME, USA to Burnaby, BC, Canada

I had always wanted to continue my education.  I have always been intrigued by entomology and I knew I wanted to work in the field.  Once Viorel was nearing the end of his PhD at the University of Maine, it was my turn.  To be honest, making the decision to go back to school was easy; following through with it however, was incredibly difficult because of  the lack of support I faced at home and academia.  At home, I thought my friends and family would support our decision to move and encourage my choice to go back to school, but I was wrong.  My colleagues and acquaintances thought we were nuts.  One of my colleagues said, “well, if you’re going to do it, now’s the time… Tavi won’t remember.”  The majority of my family didn’t say anything and, at best, politely gave me a half smile.  On many occasions my grandfather told me I was “too educated”.  (I honestly don’t think he meant any harm… but I really don’t know what he meant.) Worse, however, was being told I was selfish.  I was told that, “you’re selfish to go back to school when you have a baby and a family to take care of” and “selfish to take your family so far away from home.”  It was as if I had to choose between my career and my family and, clearly, I was making the wrong choice.  I felt incredibly guilty.

If that wasn’t hard enough, there appeared to be (and continues to be) little to no support for parents, especially mothers, in academia.  Women in academia suffer a “baby penalty” over the course of their academic careers. Family formation can negatively affect women’s, but not men’s- academic careers (Mary Ann Mason, N. H. Wolfinger & M. Goulden, 2013).  For men, having children can be an academic advantage and, for women, it is a career killer.  To learn more about the topic I joined a book club at the University of Maine.  We read, “Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out” followed by a panel discussion on the topic.  After which I was terrified of stepping foot back into Academia as a student again.  The majority of the opinions, experiences, and stories shared were mainly negative with few “traditionally” successful mother scientists sharing their stories.  Almost none of the stories were of women who maintained full-time academic work after having a child.  And here I was, planning on entering academia as a student again, full-steam-ahead… with an infant in tow!  After this experience, I left with the mindset that I would keep my family life to myself.  I planned to keep a strict divide between my family life and academic life.  I was determined to measure my success by academic achievement and not by my reproductive status.

I was lucky though, I had unwavering support from my husband and BEST friend, Bess Koffman, to continue my education. With them at my side, I convinced myself that the satisfaction of investing in my education and future would make me a happier and more contented person; thereby increasing the quality of care and love I provided my son and family.  So, regardless of the pressures from social conventions, peer pressure, and familial expectations, we followed through with our decision.  I faced my fear and went back to graduate school.

Before leaving Maine, we gave away or sold most of our possessions (don’t worry, we didn’t have much anyway) and packed our car with what items “made the cut”.  This mostly consisted of Tavi’s baby gear. (He wasn’t even a year old yet!)  Viorel and Rex drove across the continent together in the dead of winter in our trusted Outback.  Tavi and I flew and met them in our new home about a week later… I’m still not sure which one of us got the better deal!

Viorel and Rex made a little detour to pick up Bess who was visiting her Mom for the holidays in Washington State.  We had very little money (obviously because we just moved cross country and were on a student and postdoc salary.)  Bess and Viorel spent the entire week scouring Craig’s List and thrift stores to set up our apartment.  By the time Tavi and I arrived, we had kitchen ware, towels, a bed, a crib, and other miscellaneous necessities.  If anyone has ever tried to set up a home with a limited time-line and budget, than they would understand that this was no small feat!  This meant a great deal to us, to me, and I hope that I can someday return the favor to Bess.  I could never ask for a better friend!  I am so so so lucky!

Bess and Bekka

Bess and I on SFU Campus (January 2011)

Presently, I’m right in the thick of my PhD and going strong!  I have 2 publications, 4 in queue (which I will undoubtedly and unabashedly self-promote on my blog once published), nomination for a teaching award at Simon Fraser University (2012), Insect Ecology (BISC 317), and I’ve presented in multiple scientific conferences throughout Canada.

At the start of my PhD, I was determined to keep a strict separation between work and family.  Now I bring my whole self to the lab.  The separation never really worked for me and, as it turned out, was un-necessary.  In fact, it`s my belief that sharing my personal life and feelings has built deeper working relationships with my lab-mates and colleagues.  My lab-mates have become our extended family away from home.  Tavi has acquired at least 15 “Aunts” and “Uncles” and LOVES going to the lab and insectary.  When Tavi is visiting the lab, everyone is welcoming and never seems to tire of his exhaustive questions.  My advisor has been supportive of me, my academic pursuits, and my family.  (This says a lot about his personality because I can be opinionated and demanding at times.)

Tavi's Lab Award

Lab Christmas party, Tavi receiving his “Award” (2013)

…and, as far as I can tell, the quantity of family time and quality of parenting and has not diminished nor has it been affected… but rather, it’s been enriched.  Turns out, being in school has offered me a great deal of flexibility because, for the most part, I make my own hours. So, I can be there for Tavi when he needs me.  Additionally, Tavi is intrigued and challenged by being surrounded by vibrant and intelligent people and the academic activities in the lab.

I faced my fear and I have no regrets.  So, when was the last time YOU looked fear in the face?


Mason, M. A., N. H. Wolfinger, M Goulden. 2013. Do Babies Matter?  Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower. Rutgers University Press

E. Monosson. 2008.  Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out. Cornell University Press.