From Publishers Weekly
Molecular biologist Daniell and fellow women scientists created a support network to commiserate and strategize about the difficulties of being female in the still male-dominated world of science. Founded on the precepts of radical psychiatry, the group (called simply Group) gathers every other week with a format that will be familiar to anyone who's sat through a women's group session: time is set aside for each member to discuss issues in her life, and others encourage her to verbalize all of her emotions while offering support. The lesson that a feminine support system is important to a modern career-driven woman is not new, nor is it limited to science. But the book's real failing is that instead of addressing Group members' journeys through science as women, it focuses on the same career roadblocks, personal disasters and need for self-empowerment that one finds in any self-help book ("I am entitled to be myself. I'm entitled to be successful"). Rather than hard-nosed help for aspiring young women scientists, this book, while it includes interesting passages on the machinations of university politics, essentially offers material that should best have remained within the Group. (Mar.)
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Daniell, former professor of molecular biology and 25-year member of a support group for women scientists, offers a personal look at her group based on the principles of radical psychiatry. Daniell and her sister scientists established a group dynamic in which each member asks for a specific time period in which to raise an issue and seek constructive and practical feedback. The group explores ways to navigate through such professional problems as time management; the challenges inherent in university structures, including the publish-or-perish edict; the hard road to tenure; and mentoring students. Issues outside their professional lives come under scrutiny as well, including family problems, illness, and retirement plans. These successful, high-achieving women hope to foster cooperation in the increasingly competitive academic world, offering guidelines for women and men who are interested in establishing their own version of a working group. Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read. Pamela CrosslandCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved