The Window of Opportunity

  • Nancy E. LevingerEmail author


As a beginning graduate student, well before I met the man I would eventually marry, I recall considering my future. I was training to become a scientist, but would I find a partner? Would my career path allow me to have a family? Although these basic personal choices had always seemed inevitable to me as a child, in the frenetic schedule of a chemical physics graduate student, they were anything but given. At that point, studies had yet to appear showing the impact of advanced education on women’s personal lives [1]. Still, it seemed clear; the likelihood of finding a partner while spending almost all my waking hours working on science was probably pretty small.



I am indebted to many people who made it possible for me to balance career and family. First, to my parents, who have believed in me throughout my life. Second, to my lovely sons, who inspire me to be the best I can be. Finally, to my husband, who has supported me, tolerated insane schedules, listened to my problems and helped me to solve them, raised two amazing children, and loved me through thick and thin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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