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Women scientists in America; v.3: Forging a new world since 1972.


Women scientists in America; v.3: Forging a new world since 1972.

Rossiter, Margaret W.

Johns Hopkins U. Press

426 pages



In her third volume on the history of American women scientists, Rossiter (history of science, Cornell U.) surveys their efforts and contributions from 1972 to the present. She draws on archival collections and oral histories to present chapters organized by topic, then chronologically, that focus on the formation of the women's caucuses and their first challenges leading up to the passage of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act in Science and Technology in 1980; the major academic lawsuits of the 1970s and the various programs to strengthen precollege training, especially in math, for girls; and the major restructuring of undergraduate opportunities for women at schools of engineering and agriculture, new coeducational men's colleges, traditional coed colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and women's colleges. She then covers graduate and postdoctoral work and several sectors of employment: industry, the federal government, nonprofit institutions, and academia. She ends with discussion of women's expanding role and visibility in scientific societies, their honors and elections, membership in the national academies, and their Nobel prizes. An epilogue addresses events after 1999, including the era of institutional contrition and voluntary change in academia, the MIT report of 1999, the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program, and the view about women's abilities expressed by Harvard U. president Lawrence Summers. (A[c] Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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