• Amber F. Charlebois
  • Renée Cole
  • Cecilia H. Marzabadi
  • Gail H. Webster
  • Kimberly A. WoznackEmail author


Each mother and chemistry professor navigates a unique set of circumstances and challenges. Though we often feel alone, wrestling with how to best reach our goals, others are asking similar questions. While editing this collection of stories, we have identified a series of commonly asked questions. The information provided in the introduction and the next chapter, combined with insights from others, will help readers develop their own answers.



The personal accounts contained in this manuscript have been contributed by a collection of individuals from various different backgrounds and institutions. This manuscript is intended to serve as an inspiration for those women who may be considering balancing a chemistry career in academia with motherhood and thus this book does not purport to specify career advice, safety advice, or legal advice or to represent the policy of the American Chemical Society. No warranty, guarantee, or representation is made by the American Chemical Society as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information contained herein, and the Society assumes no responsibility in connection therewith. Registered names, trademarks, etc., used in this publication, even without specific indication thereof, are not to be considered unprotected by laws.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amber F. Charlebois
    • 1
  • Renée Cole
    • 2
  • Cecilia H. Marzabadi
    • 3
  • Gail H. Webster
    • 4
  • Kimberly A. Woznack
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryNazareth CollegeRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry & BiochemistrySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  4. 4.Chemistry DepartmentGuilford CollegeGreensboroUSA
  5. 5.Department of Chemistry & PhysicsCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA

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