Elaine Wethington, Cornell professor of human development and sociology, and Stanka Fitneva, professor of psychology at Queen's University, Canada, describe their experiences with the many choices facing academic women contemplating motherhood, now and in the past.

Wendy M. Williams, professor of human development at Cornell and founder and director of the Cornell Institute for Women in Science, offers commentary and historical perspective.

All three women note the many challenges that must be overcome by professors who choose to become mothers while dealing with the intense demands of their professional lives.