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ISBN-13: 978-0674018594 ISBN-10: 0674018591

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This is a substantial piece of work on a significant topic. Recalling Karl Popper's emphasis on falsification, I am impressed with the number of important propositions the authors were able to put to rest. The melding of technical skill and cogent argumentation is remarkable. (Otis Dudley Duncan, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Xie and Shauman skillfully analyze 17 data sets to pinpoint forces that lead fewer women than men into careers in science or engineering. Their scope is the whole life cycle - from high school to graduate school to combining jobs with families. This is the book to read on why most scientists and engineers are men. (Paula England, Northwestern University)

This is an impressive piece of work and is likely to become the standard reference for understanding gender differences with respect to involvement in science for many years to come. The authors are to be particularly congratulated on the scope of their project in terms of the breadth of the life cycle that it covers. (Christopher Winship, Harvard University)

I have not seen any other volume that covers the career process of women as thoroughly as this investigation of how women become scientists and engineers and what causes them to leave these fields at much greater rates than men. (Suzanne M. Bianchi, University of Maryland)

Do young women take fewer mathematics and science courses in high school than young men, leaving them less prepared and therefore less likely to major in science and engineering fields in college? Is a woman with a bachelor's degree in science and engineering more likely to have begun her college career as a science major, or on a non-science track? This book, ten years in the making, offers definitive and surprising answers to these and other long-standing questions about women in science. (Abigail J. Stewart and Danielle LaVaque-Manty Nature 2004-01-15)

Sociologists Xie and Shauman have prepared this detailed and scholarly study of the career paths of women in science, remarkable for the comprehensive scope of its contents as well as the detail and precision of its findings...It is the most carefully argued and well-documented investigation of both the gender differences in science and the reason women leave science presently available--an important and praiseworthy contribution. (M. H. Chaplin Choice 2004-02-01)

Xie and Shauman's volume Women in Science is a source of rich and detailed empirical analyses that take a bold and justified leap beyond the pipeline model, challenging assumptions and revealing complex processes. The findings and perspective of this study also frame areas for further research. (Mary Frank Fox Contemporary Sociology)

Yu Xie and Kimberlee Shauman explore why so few women opt for a science career. They debunk plenty of myths. (New Scientist 2006-01-07)

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This is a substantial piece of work on a significant topic. Recalling Karl Popper's emphasis on falsification, I am impressed with the number of important propositions the authors were able to put to rest. The melding of technical skill and cogent argumentation is remarkable. (Otis Dudley Duncan, University of California, Santa Barbara) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (December 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674018591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674018594
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yu Xie holds several faculty appointments at the University of Michigan. He is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR), where he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP). He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies.

Professor Xie's main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, and the sociology of science. He recently published Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (Second Edition, Emerald, 2008), Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes with Kimberlee Shauman (Harvard University Press, 2003), A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans (Russell Sage Foundation and Population Reference Bureau 2004) with Kimberly Goyette, and Marriage and Cohabitation (University of Chicago Press 2007) with Arland Thornton and William Axinn.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on March 29, 2007
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1. Gender differences in science education and career outcomes are assessed and explained along different stages of life course. Important questions, sensible approach.
2. Data with good representativeness.
3. Rigorous statistical analysis.
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