I work in a technical university and meet lots of women here, but most of them are members of administration and not research staff. Asked about their life, Polish research workers say that it is extremely difficult for them to come back to the Academia after their maternity leave, especially after the second child. First problem I see is that there is a huge gap between the end of maternity leave and the moment when a child starts his/her education: we lack of places in kindergardens. And when mothers want to come back to their work, they need to pay a nanny or ’employ’ grand-parents. Moreover, when they take part-time work or do their tasks in flexible hours, they are not easily accepted by their professional environment. So, they are expected to PROOVE (!) that they are good enough for their position. And then, work-life balance is extremely difficult to attain.