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 photossuch 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, astrophysicsor 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 informationsuch as the subject's present position, research areas, and where she got her educationplus a firsthand account of each woman's life. Each case offers a window into a lifehow 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 womenwomen 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 drivesand sustainsthese women. Each story tells a similar tale in a unique way, demonstrating that loving something and working hard at iteven when you do not enjoy every aspecthas 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: JSARecommended 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)
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.