Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
One Friday afternoon in late April of last year, so tired I could hardly
reach the telephone, I received a call from an editor of a Major Medical Journal.
After the briefest of introductions, the editor explained that she wanted
my long-time research partner, Melinda, and me to write an editorial to accompany
a special article. Still perceiving myself to be a novice in academia, I was
flabbergasted and struggled to maintain my poise. She explained a few details,
then said something to the effect of, "Here's the bad news: we need the final
version on May 12." Eighteen days. I experienced an anginal-like sensation,
felt the opportunity start to slip away, paused, then tightened my grip. I
blurted, "There is something I feel obligated to tell you. I am pregnant and
my due date is in eight days, but I don't think it will be a problem." The
silence that followed was painful; then she said in measured cadence, "Well,
that's what coauthors are for."
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