Journeys of Women

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Today the image of the scientist is still that of a white man in a white lab coat. This book questions this stereotype and the assumption that the practitioners of science and engineering have a uniform look and follow one particular path through life. The scientists and engineers featured in this book are all women. They come from different races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They have different sexual orientations. Some have disabilities. The core of this book is 88 profiles with photographs of ...
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Overview

Today the image of the scientist is still that of a white man in a white lab coat. This book questions this stereotype and the assumption that the practitioners of science and engineering have a uniform look and follow one particular path through life. The scientists and engineers featured in this book are all women. They come from different races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They have different sexual orientations. Some have disabilities. The core of this book is 88 profiles with photographs of women scientists and engineers whose diversity is stunning. Journeys of Women in Science and Engineering includes research scientists and engineers in areas from biochemistry to mathematics, from neuroscience to computer science, from animal science to civil engineering.
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Any high school girl who is contemplating a career in science would enjoy and benefit from reading some of the 88 personal profiles of women in the sciences and engineering contained in this book. Most readers will only recognize one or two names and photos—such as that of Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General. One aspect that makes this book such a rich resource is that it covers a wide array of fields. The field index, itself, is instructive for those who are unaware of the wealth of career choices open to women in science. Depending on their interest, readers can use the field index to learn about the lives of women who have gone into animal science, ecology, genetics, physiology, astrophysics—or any of over 70 other fields! Of course, it is the stories themselves that make the book so fascinating. In each profile, the reader is given practical and helpful information—such as the subject's present position, research areas, and where she got her education—plus a firsthand account of each woman's life. Each case offers a window into a life—how the woman's interest in science developed, who helped her, problems she encountered, and choices she made along the way. The photographs reveal a rich diversity of women—women of various ethnicities, some married and some not; some with children and some without; some who dance or sing or dive or raise Jack Russell terriers. In other words, these are windows into the sometimes fascinating and sometimes quite ordinary lives of an extraordinary group of women. Unlike many other books on women in science, this one does not focus on an attempt to explain why women's participation in science lags behind men's.Instead, it portrays through each of 88 voices the enjoyment of their field that drives—and sustains—these women. Each story tells a similar tale in a unique way, demonstrating that loving something and working hard at it—even when you do not enjoy every aspect—has its reward. In science as with other areas, that reward can be both a fulfilling career and a rich social and family life. In other words, this an honest book that does not attempt to portray women scientists as superwomen and their stories are all the more compelling because of that. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1997, Temple Univ. Press, 461p, 25cm, 96-50415, $27.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Gloria Levine; Freelance Education Writer, Potomac, MD, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
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Features short bios of 88 research scientists and engineers in areas from biochemistry to mathematics, from neuroscience to computer science, and from animal science to civil engineering. Includes those who have made careers in public service, such as Dr. Jocelyn Elders and Rhea L. Graham, as well as Nobel Prize winners, beginning assistant professors, division directors of corporations, and an engineering school dean. Each woman talks candidly about how she got into science or engineering, her work environment, and discrimination she may have encountered. Annotation c. byBook News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566395274
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Labor and Social Change Series
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: No Universal Constants?
Acknowledgments
Women, Science, Engineering, and Technology Through the Ages 1
Priscilla Auchincloss 32
W. Lena Austin 37
Judith Badner 41
Eleanor Baum 44
Susan H. Brawley 48
Aida Casiano-Colon 54
Martha A. Chavez 59
Yvonne Y. Clark 63
Jewel Plummer Cobb 68
Theo Colborn 72
Lizabeth Coller 77
Margarita H. Colmenares 82
Esther Marly Conwell 88
Debbie C. Crans 91
Fay Dansby 96
Jane Dillehay 100
Mildred Dresselhaus 105
Barbara Duhl-Emswiler 109
Bonnie J. Dunbar 115
Cynthia Dusel-Bacon 120
Kathryn Edwards 126
M. Joycelyn Elders 131
Gertrude Belle Elion 135
Patricia L. Eng 141
Deborah Estrin 146
Judy Estrin 150
Thelma Estrin 154
Anne Fausto-Sterling 159
Eden Fisher 164
Kathy Hardis Fraeman 169
Judy R. Franz 173
Cynthia Friend 177
Beatrice Fu 181
Diana Garcia-Prichard 184
Rhea L. Graham 189
Temple Grandin 194
Ann Grant 199
Deborah Lynn Grubbe 203
Susan Armstrong Henry 208
Esther A. H. Hopkins 213
Wen-Ling Hsu 217
Linda Huff 223
Shirley Ann Jackson 228
Elizabeth Jones 233
Gretchen Kalonji 237
Anna Karlin 244
Betty Lane 248
Frances Lockwood 252
Vivian Loftness 257
Susan Love 262
Sara Majetich 267
Luz J. Martinez-Miranda 272
Sue McNeil 276
Sandra Murray 280
Nalini M. Nadkarni 285
Lee Park 290
Elizabeth Pate-Cornell 295
Donna Rose Peterson 299
Arati Prabhakar 304
Margaret N. Rees 308
Nancy Rhoads 314
Evelyn M. Rodriguez 319
Sue V. Rosser 323
Vera Rubin 329
Laura Santos 335
Linda C. Shackelford 340
Cheryl L. Shavers 345
Mary M. Shaw 350
Bonnie Shulman 355
Ellen Kovner Silbergeld 361
Barbara Smuts 365
Tami I. Spector 370
Donna Spiegelman 375
Lois Steele 381
Olga Victoria Taller 385
Sonja Teraguchi 390
Karen Uhlenbeck 395
Judith R. Vergun 399
Lydia Villa-Komaroff 405
Salome Gluecksohn Waelsch 409
Katrina D. Washington 413
Joanne Westin 417
Sheila Evans Widnall 422
Carol Wilson 426
Susan Wood 431
Lilian Shiao-Yen Wu 437
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow 441
Judith S. Young 445
Bibliography 451
Field Index 457
Employment Sector Index 461
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