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Women Scientists in America Struggles and Strategies to 1940 by Margaret W. Rossiter

Women Scientists in America Struggles and Strategies to 1940


Women Scientists in America Struggles and Strategies to 1940 by Margaret W. Rossiter

In volume one of this landmark study, focusing on developments up to 1940, Margaret Rossiter describes the activities and personalities of the numerous women scientists-astronomers, chemists, biologists, and psychologists-who overcame extraordinary obstacles to contribute to the growth of American science. This remarkable history recounts women's efforts to establish themselves as members of the scientific community and examines the forces that inhibited their active and visible participation in the sciences.


A splendid book... Rossiter's tone in recounting [the struggle of women scientists] is never strident. A clear enough case emerges from the sources that she skillfully weaves into a tapestry of social trends and individual experience. -- Alice Kimball Smith * New York Times Book Review * Necessary reading for all who seek to understand the sexual politics of science today. It illuminates how gender has influenced the development of science in this country and how and why our cultural values have followed us into the laboratory. -- Judith Walzer Leavitt * Science * Margaret Rossiter has given us a gripping, beautifully documented account of the struggles of early women scientists in America. It is a moving tribute to the efforts that paved the way for women scientists today. * Women's Review of Books * A seminal work of rich scholarly detail... It is a splendid and totally satisfying feast, whetting the appetite for the next volume. * Nature * Margaret Rossiter is certainly not the first to notice sexism in science, but she has made a convincing case for its blatancy. Faced with her evidence, no one can doubt that sexism was an accepted federal policy and a powerful force in the scientific community. * Technology and Culture * A record of hopes squelched, strategies thwarted, and uncomfortable compromises uneasily made... No one who values simple justice can read these pages without becoming furious. -- Ruth Schwartz Cowan * Journal of American History * [A] fine and meticulously researched book... [which] should be obligatory reading for those interested in the relationship of women and professionalization in the 20th century. -- Regina Markell Morantz * JAMA *

About the Author

Margaret W. Rossiter is the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University and editor of Isis and Osiris. Her book Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action, 1940-1972 is also available from Johns Hopkins.

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Publication date

1st January 1982


Margaret W. Rossiter

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Johns Hopkins University Press


464 pages


History of science
History of engineering & technology

Social discrimination & inequality



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