The Bold and the Brave: A History of Women in Science and Engineering

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The Bold and the Brave investigates how women have striven throughout history to gain access to education and careers in science and engineering. Author Monique Frize, herself an engineer for over 40 years, introduces the reader to key concepts and debates that contextualize the obstacles women have faced and continue to face in the fields of science and engineering. She focuses on the history of women's education in mathematics and science through the ages, from antiquity to the Enlightenment. While opportunities for women were often purposely limited, she reveals how many women found ways to explore science outside of formal education. The book examines the lives and work of three women -Sophie Germain, Mileva Einstein, and Rosalind Franklin - that provide excellent examples of how women's contributions to science have been dismissed, ignored or stolen outright. She concludes with an in-depth look at women's participation in science and engineering throughout the twentieth century and the current status of women in science and engineering, which has experienced a decline in recent years. To encourage more young women to pursue careers in science and engineering she advocates re-gendering the fields by integrating feminine and masculine approaches that would ultimately improve scientific and engineering endeavours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780776607252
  • Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2009
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,415,502
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Monique Frize is a professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Engineering, Carleton University, and the School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xv

Part I Views of Women's Intellectual Abilities

Chapter 1 From Ancient Times to Early Modern Europe 3

Chapter 2 Renaissance and Enlightenment 21

Chapter 3 the Classic Arguments and Debates 35

Part II Scientific Education of Women from the 17th Century to the 19th Century

Chapter 4 Women Who Participated in Science in Early Modern Europe 55

Chapter 5 Education for Women in the 16th and 17th Centuries 71

Chapter 6 Education for Women in the 18th Century 91

Chapter 7 School and University Reforms in the 19th Century 107

Part III Education and Careers in Science and Engineering

Chapter 8 Women in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science in the 20th Century 131

Chapter 9 Obstacles to the Entry of Young Women into Science and Engineering 145

Chapter 10 Recruitment and Outreach 161

Chapter 11 Strategies to Attract and Retain More Women 177

Chapter 12 Women in Scientific and Engineering Workplaces 197

Chapter 13 Strategies for Equitable Workplaces 221

Chapter 14 Developing a New Culture in Science, Engineering, and Technology 235

Part IV Profiles of Three Women Peter Frize

Chapter 15 The Bold and the Brave: Sophie Germain, Mileva Maric Einstein, and Rosalind Franklin 261

Epilogue 299

Appendices 305

Bibliography 317

Index 332

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