White House Backs Incentives for Scientists with Families

8 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 26 2011 Sep 26, 2011 Monday, September 26, 2011 11:42:00 AM CDT September 26, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is joining top administration officials in embracing new rules aiming to make it easier for scientists -- especially women in science careers -- to balance work and family.

The National Science Foundation rules would let both men and women delay or suspend research grants for up to a year in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.

Mrs. Obama was set to speak Monday at a White House East Room announcement on these and other initiatives.

Tina Tchen, who heads the White House Council on Women and Girls, says the new rules will boost the percentage of women in science and engineering, which she calls "the smart thing to do for America's future and the economy."

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