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Main Title Women scientists in America : before affirmative action, 1940-1972 /
Author Rossiter, Margaret W.
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press,
Year Published 1995
OCLC Number 32014330
ISBN 0801848938; 9780801848933
Subjects Women scientists--United States--History--20th century ; Women in science--United States--History--20th century ; Wetenschapsbeoefenaars ; Vrouwen ; Exacte wetenschappen ; Frau ; Wissenschaftlerin ; Naturwissenschaftlerin ; USA ; Science--history ; Women--history
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EJAM WISE Q130.R683 1995 WISE Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/13/2013
Collation xviii, 584 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-556) and index.
Contents Notes
1. World War II: Opportunity Lost? -- 2. Postwar "Adjustment": Displacement and Demotion -- 3. "Scientific Womanpower": Ambivalent Encouragement -- 4. Graduate School: Record Numbers Despite It All -- 5. Growth, Segregation, and Statistically "Other" -- 6. Faculty at Major Universities: The Antinepotism Rules and the Grateful Few -- 7. Resentful Research Associates: Marriage and Marginality -- 8. Protecting Home Economics, the Women's Field -- 9. Surviving in "Siberia" -- 10. Majors, Money, and Men at the Women's Colleges -- 11. Nonprofit Institutions and Self-Employment: A Second Chance -- 12. Corporate Employment: Research and Customer Service -- 13. Governmental "Showcase"? -- 14. Invisibility and Underrecognition: Less and Less of More and More -- 15. Women's Clubs and Prizes: Partial Palliatives -- 16. The Path to Liberation: Consciousness Raised, Legislation Enacted. Rossiter shows how women scientists made significant contributions to the war effort, ranging from engineering and nutrition (where both Margaret Mead and Rachel Carson worked well outside their areas of expertise) to metallurgy and the Manhattan Project. But she tells also of the postwar period, when women scientists were told to accept demotion "cheerfully" and American colleges began concerted efforts to "get the old girls out" and replace them with all-male - and therefore higher-paid and more prestigious - faculty. Rossiter concludes that the period from 1940 to 1972 was a time when American women were encouraged to pursue an education in science in order to participate in the great professional opportunities that science promised. Yet the patriarchal structure and values of universities, government, and industry confronted women with obstacles that continued to frustrate and subordinate them. Nevertheless, women scientists made genuine contributions to their fields, grew in professional stature, and laid the foundation for the period after 1972, which saw real breakthroughs on the status of women scientists in America.