The Father's Role

Hon Fong Louie Mark's commentary "The Plight of Women in Science Continues" [page 13] and Ricki Lewis's article "Balancing Academic Research and Motherhood Is A Precarious Task" [page 16] in the Sept. 18, 1995, issue of The Scientist both ignore one very important issue. Unless the women in question are all single mothers, these children all have another parent! This other parent should be assuming some child-care responsibilities, also. I was amazed to read these articles in 1995, since we we

Judith Weis
Nov 26, 1995
Hon Fong Louie Mark's commentary "The Plight of Women in Science Continues" [page 13] and Ricki Lewis's article "Balancing Academic Research and Motherhood Is A Precarious Task" [page 16] in the Sept. 18, 1995, issue of The Scientist both ignore one very important issue. Unless the women in question are all single mothers, these children all have another parent! This other parent should be assuming some child-care responsibilities, also. I was amazed to read these articles in 1995, since we were discussing roles of fathers 25 years ago. Until the father's role in child care is recognized and put into the discussion, women will not achieve equality with men in science or here in the workplace.

Judith S. Weis
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
Newark, N.J. 07102
E-mail: jweis@andromeda.rutgers.edu

(The Scientist, Vol:9, #23, pg.12, November 27, 1995)

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