sion of the impact of motherhood on careers and work-lifebalance is necessary. This topic has been shown to be of value at Grace Hopper. Our session will build on this pre-vious success, continue the disucssion, and explore withthe participants of of the Birds of a Feather audience thesteps to continue our discussion virtually.
Based on the very active discussion at similar sessions inboth both the 2008 and 2009 Grace Hopper conferences,we believe that this topic is of deep interest to a varietyof attendees. At the 2009 Grace Hopper conference, the“Baby Loading” session had a large attendance: 60 mem-bers ranging from people who had already had children topeople who were considering it. Motherhood is a cross-cutting concern for women spanning economic, religious,and cultural groups.
One aim of this session is for the decision to both havechildren and pursue a career in computing, particularly inthe overworked areas of academia and research labs, tonot be an isolating experience. This session will be orga-nized around a discussion session with the audience; wewould like audience members to share their own storiesand experiences. Furthermore, we will be creating a mail-ing list focused on mothers in computing to continue thediscussion.This hour-long session will begin with a brief overviewof research touching on motherhood and careers in sci-ence, particularly focused on academia, as outlined in thisproposal. We will then transition to the panel-led discus-sion. In previous years, the audience contained a goodmix of women who had children and women who wereconsidering having children. Questions will be addressedto panel members, and then to the audience; audiencemembers may also ask questions. Here is a sample of the starter questions to foster discussion:
What are maternity beneﬁts to expect and ﬁght for?
Is a “better” time to have a child: graduate school orearly career?
What are some strategies for handling childcare?
How can career goals and research focuses changeafter having a child?
What advice do you have for women consideringpregnancy in graduate school?
Caitlin Sadowski (Moderator)
Caitlin Sadowski is aPh.D. student in Programming Languages at the Univer-sity of California, Santa Cruz. Her research previously fo-cused on dynamic analyses for concurrency bugs, but hascurrently become side-tracked by trying to ﬁgure out howto get more women interested in computing. After dis-covering how many women and how few men drop out of the STEM pipeline due to trouble with balancing a careerand family, she developed a research interest in mothersin computing.
Alexandra Holloway (Panel)
Alexandra is a Ph.D. stu-dent in Human-Computer Interaction at the Universityof California, Santa Cruz and the mother of Leon (14months). Her dedication to both babies and computing ex-tends to her research: she is currently developing a birth-partner training game.
Laurian Vega (Panel)
Laurian is a Ph.D. candidatein Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech andmummy of semi-planned Cameron (19 months). She re-searches trust in the design of software and is a memberof the Association for Women in Computing and Systers.She is now working full time with Cameron in daycare.
Mara Silva (Panel)
Mara is a PhD candidate in Com-puter Science at Virginia Tech where she researches body-based interaction techniques for desktop games. Mara re-ceived a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering fromUNICAMP, Brazil in 2000. Mara is a member of LatinasinComputing, TheAssociationforWomeninComputing,and Systers. Her ﬁrst child is 11 months old.
Ann-Marie Horcher (Panel)
Ann-Marie is a Ph.D stu-dent in Information Systems Security at Nova Southeast-ern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the motherof two. Her daughters, Kate-Alice and Monica were borneleven years apart while she was working full-time in ITat a chemical company. As a result, the experiences wereeach a challenges due to both her age and the differentstages of her career.
Sadaf Alam (Panel)
Sadaf is a scientist and a task leadat the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre. She startedher PhD program at the University of Edinburgh when herson was about a year old, followed by post-doc and staff positions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She isinvolved in education and outreach activities in the highlygender imbalanced supercomputing ﬁeld.2