Professors report that parenthood is too often seen in academic settings “as a personal choice” rather than as a societal obligation — “like if you choose to live two hours away from work and you have a long commute, the university shouldn’t have to do anything about it,” explained Susan Pearson, a tenured Northwestern history professor who has helped rally colleagues to seek more accommodations from the university.
For many conservative Christian women, the thrill of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is personal. Judge Barrett, for them, is a new kind of icon — one they have not seen before in American cultural and political life: a woman who is both unabashedly ambitious and deeply religious, who has excelled at the heights of a demanding profession even as she speaks openly about prioritizing her conservative Catholic faith and family.