Women changing science : voices from a field in transition /
Mary Morse.
New York : Insight Books, c1995.
xi, 291 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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New York : Insight Books, c1995.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-05-01:
Morse's examination of women's scientific careers and impact on the scientific enterprise is based on responses from both male and female scientists to inquiries posted on the Internet, 21 interviews with selected women, and extensive reading in the secondary literature. The anonymous responses and interviews are the heart of the book and offer a fascinating, sometimes stinging, often incisive analysis of science in the US today. Morse's commentary is well informed and well written. She gives a concise overview of feminist criticism of science, discusses women's experiences in scientific education and as career scientists, considers the possible effect of women on scientific styles and problems, and offers some recommendations for change. However, she stops short of confrontation with the central dilemma exposed by her research: as women enter the sciences in greater numbers and demand change to accommodate their needs and talents, the traditional infrastructure is already threatened by radical change as funding is reduced and social priorities shift. Morse's proposal that scientists seek other than traditional academic careers fails to address the complexity of the problem. Nevertheless, the book is well worth reading for its unique collection of individual perspectives from women in science. General readers, undergraduates. M. L. Meldrum University of California, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
From Isaac Newton to Ecofeminismp. 9
Women's Scientific Training and Its Outcomesp. 35
Differences in the Labp. 71
Transforming the Scientific Workplacep. 101
Youth Leads the Wayp. 135
Purse Strings and Politicsp. 205
A Brave New Worldp. 227
Women Changing Sciencep. 265
Notesp. 275
Indexp. 283
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