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Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science Paperback – July 29, 2013
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Edited by Emma Ideal and Rhiannon Meharchand, 265 pages, 2013
ISBN # 1482709430
As I read this book, I wished it was available during my teaching career. One primary goal for my career was to be successful in helping the girls in my classes to see science in general, and physics and chemistry in particular, as enjoyable. I wanted as many young women to consider careers in science as the number of young men. Female scientist role models are not typical, and I would have liked to have had copies of this book available for my students.
The book consists of essays written by thirty five women who have successful careers in physics or a related field. Each essay opens with Bona Fides, providing evidence that all of them have had extensive experience in their field, and have experienced great success. Each essayist offers advice for young women considering careers in science, and information regarding the reasons for their success. The essays also include stories about challenges they overcame to become successful. Cathryn Carson currently at UC Berkeley, writes of a lab tech telling her “he didn’t believe women belonged in physics.”
Esther Conwell, now at the University of Rochester, writes that early in her career, she
did not get hired for a position at IBM because the company had a rule against hiring married women. Lillian McDermott, now at the University of Washington, received a Higgins Fellowship for her first year at Columbia. She writes how later, a Nobel prize winner in the department commented “the Higgins Fellowship had at least succeeded in promoting romance.”
The Bona Fides also provide information about physics research being done by these intelligent women.Read more ›
promoting women in science and respecting them as scientists instead of the typical pigeon
hole female role crap.