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Women in Science

Vivian Gornick

Publication Year: 2009

Women in Science explores the persistent sexism and gender bias in the male-dominated world of science. In the 1980s, author and essayist Vivian Gornick interviewed women who were often the only ones in their laboratory. In this new edition she follows up with many of them to uncover that not much has changed. Though little progress has been made toward gender equality in scientific fields, Gornick shows that women still continue to defy gender stereotypes and persist in pushing the boundaries of possibilities.

Published by: The Feminist Press

Series: Women Writing Science

Title page

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pp. i


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pp. ii


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pp. v

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pp. vi

I wish to thank the Ford Foundation for the financial support it extended me while I was writing this book. I also wish to thank the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo for giving me much-needed refuge during this same period of time. I have changed the names of all the...

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pp. vii-viii

When Women in Science: Then and Now was published twenty-five years ago, it was the first time many women in the academy— especially those in the sciences—heard their own doubts, fears, and frustrations echoed in the voices of the 100 gifted and spirited...

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pp. 1-14

Some twenty-five years ago I read Horace Freeland Judson’s masterly account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, The Eighth Day of Creation. As the complex discussion of the book moved forward (DNA is the culminating event in the rise of molecular biology; its discovery encompasses fifty...

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Part One

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pp. 15-56

In the years I wandered among the scientists, my contacts took me overwhelmingly into cell and molecular biology laboratories—where the largest number of women scientists were to be found—to the work of geneticists, immunologists, endocrinologists; to...

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Part Two

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pp. 57-104

Imagine then: To have had science in you. To have known yourself gifted with the means of achieving such articulation of mind and spirit, and to have had the thing almost within your grasp. Almost, but not quite. George Eliot once wrote...

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Part Three

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pp. 105-146

Imagine a group portrait of scientists from a hundred years ago. The picture is an oil painting made, after many formal sittings, by the Academy painter. The scientists are all dressed in black frock coats and striped pants, and they all hold themselves tall and stiff. But looking closely, one sees a dreaminess around the...


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pp. 147-151

E-ISBN-13: 9781558617445
Print-ISBN-13: 9781558615878

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Women Writing Science