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Main Title Women in the Field : America's Pioneering Women Naturalists /
Author Bonta, Marcia,
Publisher Texas A & M University Press,
Year Published 1991
OCLC Number 22623848
ISBN 089096467X; 9780890964675; 0890964890; 9780890964897
Subjects Women naturalists--United States--Biography ; women (female humans) ; Women--United States--Biography ; Naturwissenschaftlerin ; Biografie ; USA ; Biologen ; Natuurlijke historie ; Vrouwen ; Femmes naturalistes-- Etats-Unis--Biographies ; Geschichte (1700-1970)
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM WISE QH26.B66 1991 WISE Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/13/2013
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-287) and index.
Contents Notes
"Typically, men dominated the study of the outdoors in the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. But there were women in the field, too - sometimes accompanying men and sometimes independent of them. Marcia Myers Bonta gives biographies of twenty-five of these naturalists in this well-detailed study. In addition to a group she considers pioneers, Bonta divides the women by the subject of their study: naturalists, botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, and ecologists. She shows these women in all their individuality, as field persons, as professionals, and as friends with others in their field. A handful were recognized experts. Agnes Chase was considered the best agrostologist in the world; Alice Eastwood was made honorary president of the seventh International Botanical Congress in Sweden; Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton was called the mother of bryology. In the 1950s conservationist Rachel Carson became a well-known voice in the fight against pesticides, and in 1962 she published Silent Spring, a chilling account of the effects of pesticides on people, wildlife, and the environment. Others were less well known. Jane Colden did botanical work and drawing in the 1740s and 1750s, with the support of her father. Martha Maxwell began a new method of taxidermy in the 1860s, displaying animals in their habitat. Kate Brandegee, of California, hid her identity from the established botanical community in the East for many years, knowing they would look down on dissenting work done not only in the West but by a woman. The book provides insight and information about the history of American nature study as well as women's roles in the natural sciences." --