Make your voice heard: LPSC 2009
The next Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held March 23-27, 2009, at a new location. The Woodlands Waterway Mariott Hotel and Convention Center, near Houston, TX, will provide a bigger and better space, with additional session rooms and sleeping rooms available.
At the 2008 LPSC, a room of over 100 women agreed to ask the LPSC planning committee to set aside a room, with comfortable chairs and a door, (edited to add: and electrical outlets for those who need to pump!) for nursing mothers to use when attending the conference. Such a room would enable more new mothers to attend the conference, to speak at the conference, and to establish or reinforce working relationships with colleagues at the conference and associated meetings.
Our request has been heard. However, the organizers at the Lunar and Planetary Institute have questioned the potential use of such a room and have asked us to provide an estimate of how many women would use such a room if offered.
We realize that this is a very sensitive issue, but without data, we cannot prove that there is a need. Therefore, we are asking potential LPSC attendees to answer the following question. If one is provided, would you use a nursing room at LPSC in 2009?
Comments on this topic are welcome and will remain open for discussion.