For Dr. Blackburn, it's not a matter of black-and-white either/or decision-making, but a gradual recognition of the cyclical nature of work and family and a redistribution of time between the two over the course of a professional life. And the best affirmation of her success in achieving work/home balance is a moment in time she refers to as the most memorable week of her life when at age 37 she became a full professor at UC Berkeley at the same time she learned she was pregnant.
A Conversation With Dr. Blackburn
Dr. Blackburn sat down for a phone interview with me in July 2008 to share her thoughts on the math and science gender divide, the need for our society to nurture and support teachers, the family/career juggling act, and the best ways to encourage and inspire girls and young women to consider science as a field of study and then later as a profession. Select excerpts are below:
- Dr. Blackburn on Why Girls Fall Victim to the Science Gender Gap
- Dr. Blackburn on How to Approach Work Life Balance With a "Science Mind"