The Outer Circle: Women in the Scientific Communityby John T. Bruer
The Outer Circle: Women in the Scientific Community is a groundbreaking sociological study of the place women in a largely male-dominated world of modern-day science. It explores the subtle alienation of woman scientists--and its profound effect on their work. Though the number of women in science has virtually tripled in recent years, women scientists remain an unrewarded minority and their contributions still lag far behind. Although the symptoms of discrimination can be explained in any number of ways--and the authors investigate these thoroughly--it is depressingly clear that there is an institutionalized "old boy network" that underlies the foundation of modern science, and it is always difficult for a woman to break these subtle barriers. Difficulties in being published mean difficulties in obtaining monies for research, difficulties in becoming tenured, and difficulties maintaining a productive laboratory--all of which contribute to the myth that women scientists are less productive than men.
The Outer Circle is an expert sociological study of the complex dynamics that exists in the world of contemporary science and a powerful document for reform.
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