American Women of Science Since 1900, Volume 1
Much more than a "Who's Who," this exhaustive two-volume encyclopedia examines the significant achievements of 20th century American women across the sciences in light of the historical and cultural factors that affected their education, employment, and research opportunities. With coverage that includes a number of scientists working today, the encyclopedia shows just how much the sciences have evolved as a professional option for women, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present.
American Women of Science since 1900 focuses on 500 of the 20th century's most notable American women scientists--many overlooked, undervalued, or simply not well known. In addition, it offers individual features on 50 different scientific disciplines (Women in Astronomy, etc.), as well as essays on balancing career and family, girls and science education, and other sociocultural topics. Readers will encounter some extraordinary scientific minds at work, getting a sense of the obstacles they faced as the scientific community faced the questions of feminism and gender confronting the nation as a whole.
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Wayne, an independent scholar and author of Women Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in 19th Century America, Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism and Women's Roles in 19th Century America, has written a comprehensive two-volume set considering the expanded—if still limited—role of American women in science. Volume 1 begins with a series of essays exploring the issues women scientists had to overcome to succeed in the profession. This section includes a history of women in science and goes on to examine such issues as feminism and science, jobs for women scientists, work/life balance, and science and technology education for girls. The bulk of the set is made up of 500 biographies of the most notable American women scientists of the 20th century. The entries are arranged alphabetically and include the education, professional experience, and concurrent positions of each scientist. All entries and essays conclude with references and pointers to further resources. At the end of Volume 2 is a list of women Nobel Prize winners in the sciences along with entries arranged by discipline and a chronology of important scientific events. BOTTOM LINE This thematic and biographical collection is rich in detail and would be a welcome addition to any library.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of West Georgia Lib., Carrollton