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Women, Science, and Myth


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Over the course of history, scientific research has been used to support a number of dubious assumptions, nowhere more so than in the area of gender-several 19th century studies as well as many 20th century studies of brain differences, claim to prove that men's brains are superior to women's. Yet the scientific community has not often welcomed the work of women scientists. Is there a connection?

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Sue V. Rosser, PhD, is dean of the Ivan Allen College and professor at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.


"An outstanding reference highly recommended for women's studies collections." - Midwest Book Review
"An extensive appendix comprised of statistical tables covers high school, SAT, and college data regarding female participation in mathematics and the sciences will be invaluable for debates or persuasive essays." - School Library Journal
"This book skillfully weaves together issues concerning women of science and societal expectations of them. . . . The style of writing is informative and engaging without being too technical. Chapters are complete yet brief, and contain references for further reading. This book would be a great addition to any college or university library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers." - Choice
"There are many publications available that separately treat biographies of women in the sciences, philosophy of gender in science, and history of scientific theories on gender. This resource weaves all of these strands into an enlightening picture of the effect of gender in the field of science. Highly recommended." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Every so often, a book encapsulates a subject so well that one is at a loss to say anything bad about it. Rosser has edited such a book. . . . The book, itself, is well made and will survive many readings. Its 25-page glossary is invaluable to those new to the subject and unfamiliar with its specific language use and definitions. . . . This title is recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and anyone who wants to know what women working in the sciences have done, are doing, and will do in the future." - ARBA
"Although this is nominally a reference book, it could just as easily make sense to shelve it in the stacks. It will be highly useful for undergraduate students looking for a starting place for their research or ideas about how to focus their themes." - Feminist Collections

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