Section I. 1970s -- Balancing family and career demands with 20/20 hindsight / Aviva Brecher -- Extreme motherhood : you can't get there from here / Joan S. Baizer -- Careers versus child care in academia / Deborah Ross -- Identities : looking back over forty years as a social scientist, woman, and mother / Marilyn Wilkey Merritt -- Costs and rewards of success in academia, or Bouncing into the rubber ceiling / Marla S. McIntosh -- One set of choices as a mom and scientist / Suzanne Epstein -- Section II. 1980s -- Three sides of the balance / Anne Douglass -- The accidental astronomer / Stefi Baum -- At home with toxicology : a career evolves / Emily Monosson -- Geological consulting and kids : an unpredictable balancing act? / Debra Hanneman -- Career scientists and the shared academic position / Carol B. de Wet -- Section III. 1990s -- Less pay, a little less work / Heidi Newberg -- Reflections of a female scientist with outside interests / Christine Seroogy -- Part-time at a national laboratory : a split life / Rebecca A. Efroymson -- The eternal quest for balance : a career in five acts, no intermission / Theresa M. Wizemann -- Reflections on motherhood and science / Teresa Capone Cook -- The benefits of four-dumbbell support / Catherine O'Riordan -- Extraordinary commitments of time and energy / Deborah Harris -- Finding my way back to the bench : an unexpectedly satisfying destination / A. Pia Abola -- Mothering primates / Devin Reese -- Finding the right balance, personal and professional, as a mother in science / Gayle Barbin Zydlewski -- What? I don't need a PhD to potty-train my children? / Nanette J. Pazdernik -- Variety, challenge, and flexibility : the benefits of straying from the narrow path / Marguerite Toscano -- The balancing act / Kim M. Fowler -- Juggling through life's transitions / Cal Baier-Anderson -- Having it all, just not all at the same time / Andrea L. Kalfoglou -- Section IV. 2000s -- Exploring less-traveled paths / Deborah Duffy -- Standing up / Gina D. Wesley-Hunt -- Because of our mom, a true rocket scientist / Elizabeth Douglass and Katherine Douglass -- On being what you love / Rachel Obbard -- Parsimony is what we are taught, not what we live / Sofia Katerina Refetoff Zahed -- Role models : out with the old and in with the new / Marie Remiker -- Pursuing science and motherhood / Kimberly D'Anna.