is often critical to parents with young children that onsite childcare be made
available at technical meetings, but there is little uniformity in the practice
of providing childcare. A list of principles supported by the Association for
Women in Mathematics follows.
Large society-sponsored national meetings:
Onsite childcare should be available for the children of participants, and a
room should be provided for the use of nursing mothers. Information about these
facilities should be prominently displayed along with other details of the
Reasonable prices are necessary to make it feasible for parents to use these
services; we applaud the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical
Association of America for subsidizing costs at the annual Joint Mathematical
Meetings and encourage other societies to do the same.
At small meetings, it is not always possible to provide onsite childcare. The
local organizers should be prepared to provide details of local childcare
options for parents who need this service. The fact that child care information
is available on request should be communicated to all potential conference
participants well in advance of the conference.
The above statement was approved by the Executive
Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics in November 2010. [The
statement was prepared by Evelyn Sander on behalf of the Policy and Advocacy