Science mom’s work-from-home tweet went viral as she advocates for struggling parents

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SALT LAKE CITY — Scientist and mother Gretchen Goldman never expected her message to go viral.
On Tuesday, Goldman posted a side-by-side photo to Twitter of herself during a CNN interview compared to the messy reality of the work-from-home mother’s Washington, D.C. home.
“I was surprised how much it resonated with people,” Goldman said of the tweet, which as of Wednesday afternoon has more than a quarter-million “Likes” and 30,000 retweets.
Goldman’s tweet, the beginning of Twitter threads, reads “Just so I’m being honest.”

The first photo shows Goldman — who is research director for the Center of Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology — during a Monday interview with CNN.
She was on air to critique the appointment of David Legates, a University of Delaware professor of climatology, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Legates has spent much of his career questioning climate science. But it wasn’t Goldman’s critique of Legates appointment that received all the attention Monday.
Goldman, a scientist and mother of two young boys, appeared in her professional-looking canary yellow blazer and is seated in front …

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