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Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present

Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present

by Sue V. Rosser


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This encyclopedia surveys the scientific research on gender throughout the ages—the people, experiments, and impact—of both legitimate and illegitimate findings on the scientific community, women scientists, and society at large.

• Chronologically organized entries describing people and events influential in the development of scientific research on gender

• 40 thematic entries looking at larger issues across regions, disciplines, and historical eras

• A section of supportive demographic/statistical information

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598840957
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/23/2008
Pages: 502
Sales rank: 342,063
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sue V. Rosser, PhD, is dean of the Ivan Allen College and professor at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Chronological Section: Changes in Myths of Gender over Time
Antiquity     3
Medieval Era     17
Renaissance     31
The 18th Century     43
The 19th Century     61
Early 20th Century     79
Thematic Section: Concepts of Gender in Different Contexts
Chemistry     95
Physics/Astronomy     103
Mathematics     109
Computer Science     115
Biology     123
Psychology     129
Medicine     135
Technology     141
Aspects of Human Biology and Behavior
The Brain     149
Cognitive Abilities     155
Mental Illness     161
Personality/Rationality/Emotionality     167
Endocrinology and Hormones     173
Menstruation/Menopause/PMS     177
Early Modern Health     181
Gender/Sex-How Conjoined     187
Homosexuality     193
Race     201
Nature/Nurture     207
Women's Education     213
Motherhood     223
Religion     229
Universities     235
Federal Agencies     249
Industry     259
Professional Societies     263
Discrimination     273
Women Scientists as Leaders     283
Nobel Laureates     295
Gender and Occupational Interests     319
Other Perspectives on Gender and Myths and Beliefs in Scientific Research
Feminist Philosophy of Science     325
Biologists Who Study Gender/Feminism     337
Historians of Science and Technology Who Focus on Feminism     347
Primatologists Who Focus on Females/Gender     357
Critiques of Science     365
Marxism/Socialism and Feminism/Gender     373
Ecofeminism     381
Cyberfeminism     387
Race, Postcolonial Gender, and Science     393
Feminist Science Studies     399
Women's Health Movement     405
Science Fiction     419
Conclusion     427
Appendix of Statistical Tables     437
Glossary     445
Bibliography     469
Index     481
About the Editor     501

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