“You get a lot of pushback.”
Women chemists who are also trying to raise a family can get a lot of heat, even from other women, says Bevin Parks. It helps, she says, to get to know and understand those women who are pushing back—ideally over dinner and drinks.
Parks is a senior R&D chemist for Afton Chemical. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Western Washington University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2006. She has worked in industry for the past six years, three of which have been at Afton. Parks has served on the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society for four years and currently serves as chair of the Communications and Technology subcommittee.