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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LDS Women in Science Credit JRCLS Blog

An unexpected email brightened our day recently. We reprint it here with the permission of the sender:

"Hello there,

"I've recently started up a professional organization for LDS women in
science, the Martha Hughes Cannon Society. I wanted you to know that
your Women in Law blog has been very helpful for me in seeing how an LDS professional women's organization can operate. Scientists are a little
challenged on the networking side of things sometimes, so it's good to
see how it's done by people who do advocacy for a living...."

Sarah Kendall Taber, D.P.M.
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Blueberry Breeding & Genetics Program
University of Florida

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for your kind words. We don't know how well the JRCLS WIL Blog represents 'people who do advocacy,' but like all bloggers, we suspect, we were inordinately pleased that you found us and spent a few moments with us. We are sympathetic and supportive of your efforts to give a voice to LDS women in science and are pleased to pass on the link you sent to the Martha Hughes Cannon Society:

It's a beautiful blog.

We join you in seeking stories. What you said so eloquently makes even more connections possible. We are newly aware that our concerns are not isolated in our own profession but stretch across others, as well. We are grateful for our connections as LDS women. We have taken the liberty of quoting from your introduction to the MHCS blog:

"The women at the J. Reuben Clark Law society have done a fantastic job networking; they have an engaging blog that is brilliant, helpful, and perhaps most importantly, not so highly trafficked as to be overwhelming just to keep up with it. It stands to reason--lawyers do advocacy for a living, after all.

"Something the JRCLS does well is just tell stories. Stories about women who are longtime established professionals with years under their belts, stories about women on family hiatus, stories about young women just entering the profession and discovering for the first time the difficulties of balancing career and cultural expectations.

"Stories have a way of giving us a little mental hook to hang our own experiences on. For someone who's struggling to make or to live with complicated decisions, hearing someone else's experiences can be immensely helpful."

So--please send us your stories. With the stories come understanding, peace, courage. Thank you, Sarah. --JRCLS WIL Committee.

1 comment:

  1. I love this! Martha Hughes Cannon sounds amazing & I love the idea of a Mormon Women Scientists.