American Women of Science since 1900 [2 volumes]

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Much more than a "Who's Who," this exhaustive two-volume encyclopedia examines the significant achievements of 20th century American women across the sciences in light of the historical and cultural factors that affected their education, employment, and research opportunities. With coverage that includes a number of scientists working today, the encyclopedia shows just how much the sciences have evolved as a professional option for women, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present.

American Women of Science since 1900 focuses on 500 of the 20th century's most notable American women scientists—many overlooked, undervalued, or simply not well known. In addition, it offers individual features on 50 different scientific disciplines (Women in Astronomy, etc.), as well as essays on balancing career and family, girls and science education, and other sociocultural topics. Readers will encounter some extraordinary scientific minds at work, getting a sense of the obstacles they faced as the scientific community faced the questions of feminism and gender confronting the nation as a whole.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This thematic and biographical collection is rich in detail and would be a welcome addition to any library."


Library Journal

"Along with providing significant support for research in women's studies and the history of science—particularly since much of the information here is not easily found elsewhere—this resource is chock-full of role models for young women contemplating science careers."


School Library Journal

"The real value is the section on 'Issues.' Women in science continues to be a much discussed topic and this section does a nice job of presenting what will be for many some new perspective. The rest of the content is useful for ready reference or perhaps as an additional source for a research topic. . . . Libraries seeing heavy use of the 1994 and 1998 volumes will want to consider."



"This set is valuable for its unique content and compilation of biographies based on a specific gender, nationality, and time period. . . . Highly recommended."



Library Journal
Wayne, an independent scholar and author of Women Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in 19th Century America, Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism and Women's Roles in 19th Century America, has written a comprehensive two-volume set considering the expanded—if still limited—role of American women in science. Volume 1 begins with a series of essays exploring the issues women scientists had to overcome to succeed in the profession. This section includes a history of women in science and goes on to examine such issues as feminism and science, jobs for women scientists, work/life balance, and science and technology education for girls. The bulk of the set is made up of 500 biographies of the most notable American women scientists of the 20th century. The entries are arranged alphabetically and include the education, professional experience, and concurrent positions of each scientist. All entries and essays conclude with references and pointers to further resources. At the end of Volume 2 is a list of women Nobel Prize winners in the sciences along with entries arranged by discipline and a chronology of important scientific events. BOTTOM LINE This thematic and biographical collection is rich in detail and would be a welcome addition to any library.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of West Georgia Lib., Carrollton
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In this long-overdue successor to Martha J. Bailey's American Women in Science (1994) and its sequel, American Women in Science, 1950 to the Present (1998, both ABC-CLIO), Wayne enhances the profiles of 500 researchers and educators with 10 historical or issues-related essays and 29 field-by-field international overviews. The topical and overview essays at the beginning of the set range from an examination of the controversy over supposed "science genes" or other sex-linked predisposition agents to an analysis of "Science and Technology Education for Girls" and a survey of American minority women in the sciences. The ensuing biographical entries are alphabetically arranged; each one opens with a professional résumé, followed by a lucid account of the subject's career path, significant achievements, awards, and publications. Most close with a resource list, and occasional entries feature a small black-and-white photo. Back matter includes a list of female Nobel Prize winners (all 16 of them), a comprehensive index, a chronology through 2009, and an index of subjects by field. Along with providing significant support for research in women's studies and the history of science—particularly since much of the information here is not easily found elsewhere—this resource is chock-full of role models for young women contemplating science careers.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841589
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/11/2010
  • Pages: 1562
  • Sales rank: 1,466,822
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 3.40 (d)

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