The Door in the Dream: Conversations with Eminent Women in Science

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Overview

In an informal and engaging manner, Wasserman provides a fascinating window into the changing status and representation of women in science in the 20th century.
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
"...a worthwhile read for young girls considering a career in science. It also makes a significant contribution to attempts to document the history of women in science."
2002
Chemical Heritage
"A Whopping Good Read. ... this book is required reading for all who are interested in the future of women in the sciences."
Fall 2002
Dallas Morning News
...accessible, readable and intriguing.
New England Journal of Medicine
Reading the stories of women scientists who have risen to the top of their profession should provide hope and inspiration to those who strive to make the climb themselves. Mentors, both male and female, will gain a new appreciation of the positive and negative influence their actions can have. The book should also heighten our awareness of the job that lies ahead. Constructive suggestions, such as fostering the creation of more job-sharing positions, implementing improved child care, and adopting a tenure clock that recognizes the need for family leave, are issues that all scientists need to espouse, actively and vigorously.
Women's Interchange at SLAC
...an intimate look at a group of elite women, written in an easy conversational tone.
Yale Law Report
"The intimate portraits offer widely different insights ... and open a fascinating window into the changing status and representation of women in science in the twentieth century.
Booknews
Gathers the stories of 26 women scientists who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Following that is a discussion of common threads that emerged from the profiles, and suggestions made by members to attract more women to science careers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Chemical & Engineering News
This is an intimate and unique glimpse into the lives of successful women scientists.
Nature Medicine
A Door in the Dream would make a terrific gift for a young woman in science--or for her parents or teachers. But selfishly, I suggest it equally enthusiastically for those of us, women and men, already immersed in this world, for the pleasure of learning about the creativity, tenacity, and "true grit" of some of our colleagues whome we most admire.
Waterfall-Conn NOW News
We feminists should see...that the book be widely read and discussed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780309065689
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

INTRODUCTION

A FIRMAMENT OF STARS
NEW OPPORTUNITIES, TRADITIONAL
EXPECTATIONS
FINDING A NICHE: WOMEN BORN BEFORE 1920
Katherine Esau
Berta V. Scharrer
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Mildred Cohn
Gertrude B. Elion

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT:
WOMEN BORN IN THE 1920s
Marian E. Koshland
Isabella L. Karle
Esther M. Conwell
Cathleen S. Morawetz
Janet D. Rowley
Mary Ellen Avery
Elizabeth D. Hay
Vera C. Rubin

CAUGHT IN A TIDAL WAVE OF CHANGE:
WOMEN BORN IN THE 1930a
Maxine F. Singer
Mary-Lou Pardue
Margaret G. Kidwell
Myriam P. Sarachik
P.S. Goldman-Rakic
Mary K. Gaillard

THROUGH OPEN DOORS:
WOMEN BORN AFTER 1940
Judith P. Klinman
Joan A. Steitz
Nancy J. Kopell
Susan S. Taylor
Jane Lubchenco
Pamela A. Matson

SHARED EXPERIENCES AND CONCERNS

BALANCING CAREER AND FAMILY

RIGHTING THE BALANCE

CONCLUSION

NOTES

APPENDIXES
A ACADEMY MEMBERS SURVEYED, LISTED ALPHABETICALLY

B ACADEMY MEMBERS SURVEYED, LISTED BY SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINE

C SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING

INDEX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2001

    Wonderfully informative book

    As a young female scientist, I found that this book shed some light onto my dreams and made me realize that maybe being a scientist really doesn't have to be a choice between a career and a family. The book painted a realistic picture of what it is like to be a research scientist and gave a detailed description of what many different types of women felt about family and how they handled children and husbands and colleagues. There was also a good thread between the different generations of women that made me feel included in the history of so many women and in the future of even more women. With a bit of work, it will become easier for women to become eminent women in science. I highly recommended this book to my fellow students here at Wesleyan College as well as faculty and staff.

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