Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Eisenhart, Margaret A.

Title Women's science : learning and succeeding from the margins / Margaret A. Eisenhart and Elizabeth Finkel ; with Linda Behm, Nancy Lawrence, and Karen Tonso.

Imprint Chicago, Ill : University of Chicago Press, ©1998.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.435 E36W    Check Shelf
Description xvii, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-264) and index.
Contents Introduction: Learning and Succeeding from the Margins -- pt. 1. The Gendered Landscape of Science and Engineering. 1. Women (Still) Need Not Apply. 2. In the "Heretical Sectors": Where the Women Are -- pt. 2. Practice on the Margins: Getting In, Doing Well, and Gaining Power. 3. Learning Science in an Innovative Genetics Course. 4. Learning to Be an Engineer. 5. Science and Politics in an Environmental Action Group. 6. Science and Scientists in a Conservation Corporation -- pt. 3. Discourses and Struggles. 7. Women's Status and the Discourse of Gender Neutrality at Work. 8. In the Presence of Women's Power: Women's Struggle at Work. 9. Situated Science, the Presence of Women, and the Practices of Work and School.
Summary Publisher description: Are there any places where women succeed in science? Numerous studies in recent years have documented and lamented a gender gap in science and engineering. From elementary school through college, women's interest in science steadily declines, and as adults, they are less likely to pursue careers in science-related fields. Women's Science offers a dramatic counterpoint not only to these findings but also to the related, narrow assumption that "real science" only occurs in research and laboratory investigation. This book describes women engaged with science or engineering at the margins: an innovative high school genetics class a school-to-work internship for prospective engineers, an environmental action group, and a nonprofit conservation agency. In these places--where people use or rely on science for public, social, or community purposes--the authors found a remarkably high proportion of women. Moreover, these women were successful at learning and using technical knowledge, they advanced in roughly equal percentages to men, and they generally enjoyed their work. Yet, even in these more marginal workplaces, women had to pay a price. Working outside traditional laboratories, they enjoy little public prestige and receive significantly less financial compensation. Although most employers claimed to treat men and women equally, women in fact only achieved success when they acted like male professionals. Women's Science is an original and provocative contribution that expands our conception of scientific practice as it reconfigures both women's role in science and the meaning of science in contemporary society.
Subject Women in science -- United States.
Women in engineering -- United States.
Women science students -- United States.
Women engineering students -- United States.
Marginality, Social -- United States.
Women -- history. (DNLM)D014930Q000266
Science -- history. (DNLM)D012586Q000266
Engineering -- history. (DNLM)D004738Q000266
Students. (DNLM)D013334
02.11 sociology of science. (NL-LeOCL)077592468
Marginality, Social. (OCoLC)fst01009156
Women engineering students. (OCoLC)fst01177628
Women in engineering. (OCoLC)fst01177886
Women in science. (OCoLC)fst01177977
Women science students. (OCoLC)fst01178504
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Ingenieurin (DE-588)4192847-7
Naturwissenschaftlerin (DE-588)4202451-1
Marginality, Social -- United States.
United States.
Added Author Finkel, Elizabeth.
ISBN 0226195449 (alk. paper)
9780226195445 (alk. paper)
0226195457 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780226195452 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Add a Review