So this is really something that's been bugging me for awhile, though I still have a lot of time. I'm only 21 now and in my 3rd year of undergrad. I plan to go on to graduate school, get a PhD, postdoc, and then become a professor. A long, arduous process, but one that I'm (so far) willing to attempt. My question is this: do you know any women that have succeeded in academia (i.e., become a professor ideally) while still maintaining a family? I'd really like to begin a family while I'm in my 20's or early 30's, but after I finish graduate school I'll probably be 28-29, then postdoc for a few years, and then all that is even before I start to look for a position somewhere. Does anyone know a woman who has had children/a family during graduate school? A postdoc? Does she take some years off? How does it work?