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Scientific Pioneers


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1 List of Tables 2 Preface 3 Scientific Pioneers 4 Why Aren't There More Females Scientific Pioneers? 5 Origins: Individual Attributes 6 Development: Structural Opportunities 7 Reaching the Top: Institutional Forces 8 The Contradictions of Norms 9 What Lies Beneath? 10 Endnotes 11 Bibliography 12 Index 13 About the Author

About the Author

Joyce Tang is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished author with numerous published journal articles and the book Doing Engineering: The Career Attainment and Mobility of Caucasian, Black, and Asian-American Engineers published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


....their lives and careers become the subject of a sociological analysis that highlights how the norms of the scientific community, specifically its emphasis on merit and the importance of gatekeepers (almost exclusively male) have been barriers to women's recognition....The author concludes with a chapter on what the future holds for women in science, granting that many of the institutional obstacles that discriminated against women have now been removed, although cultural and ideological forces that discriminate still remain. A scholarly book with an impressive bibliography, ample documentation, and a detailed index.Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students. -- M.H. Chaplin, Wellesley College * CHOICE *

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