I just read an article in the New York Times about Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhar, who, along with Dr. Eric Wieschaus and Edward B. Lewis, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 1995 for discovering how the genes in a fertilized egg direct the formation of an embryo.
Dr. Nüsslein-Volhar has founded the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhar Foundation which provides female scientists with grants for babysitters, day care, and housecleaners. In this way, women can have a scientific career and be a mother at the same time. She said that too often promising female scientists left to bear and take care of children for a few years only to fall behind when they returned to science and eventually drop out once again.
What a novel idea! Help women with day care. I wish this would seep into my country's consciousness. To make it perfectly clear: the majority of the working poor in the United States are women and a large portion are also mothers. If you need some reminding, read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. Day care is expensive and very often poor women cannot afford it even when they do receive state assistance.
I would love to see a similar foundation for women with less education and opportunities. Yes, many of us consider ourselves too financially strapped to give to such a foundation. But then again, many of us manage to find the money to pay for doggy day care.
So think about it, for as little as $30 a day, you can help ensure that a mother does not have to worry about her child when she is at work because she knows they are in good hands. We will even install cameras in the day care so you can watch your adopted child all day long on your computer screen.
So who do you pick, child or dog?