Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy (AIRA)
Job Title: Senior researcher, 1st degree (former Director of AIRA 1990-2005)
She is an Astronomer: How many years since you got your maximum degree?
Magda Stavinschi: 15 years.
SIAA: Do you feel it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?
MS: Not obviously, but I felt more or less that men found it difficult to have a woman director.
SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?
MS: Before they were the majority (not in high position!); now the number of women is slowly decreasing.
SIAA: What is your family status?
MS: I am a widow; I have one daughter who is a researcher.
SIAA: Have you had any career breaks?
MS: Only a few months for maternity.
SIAA: How difficult did you find your return to work?
MS: I felt only by losing time for publishing articles.
SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?
MS: Practically, all the time I am awake.
SIAA: What would most help you advance your career?
MS: The help of my mother in raising my daughter, and now, unfortunately, my solitude which pushes me for more and more work.
SIAA: What recommendation would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?
MS: To dare, don't loose the femininity and to find practical solution for having time for family (it remains always in 1st position in life) and a science career.