• Draws on a wealth of recent literature to provide a modern interpretation of the history of women in science, including feminist critiques of "masculine" science
• Analyzes the impact that social attitudes toward women have had in determining which areas of scientific study were deemed proper for women to undertake
• Assesses the current state of women in science and efforts to attract more women to scientific professions
• Brief biographies of some of the most accomplished women scientists in history, from Maria Merian and Margaret Cavendish to Ruth Hubbard
• Primary documents written by women scientists, including reflections of their work and personal lives and discussion of the challenges women scientists have faced
"There are many valuable features . . . Recommended. All levels."-
"This work is recommended for academic libraries serving undergraduates and public libraries."-
American Reference Books Annual
"This book would fit well into a history of women in science course, a women's studies course, or a history of science class. . . . It would be ideal as a resource for teachers and professors to enrich their curriculum in this area. . . . No one reading Sheffield's work could close the book unconvinced of the breadth and depth of women's contributions to science, technology, and medicine."-
Teaching History--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
For many, Marie Curie is history's most notable woman scientist (for some, the only notable one). But women have made significant scientific contributions for centuries, both with landmark discoveries and by challenging "science-supported" biases about female minds, bodies, and roles in society. As for Curie, her story is as much about the prejudices she overcame as her groundbreaking work.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.