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Athena Unbound : The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology - Henry Etzkowitz

Athena Unbound

The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology

Paperback Published: 15th December 2000
ISBN: 9780521787383
Number Of Pages: 292

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Why are there still so few female scientists? Despite the scientific ethos of universalism and inclusion, women continue to experience real social inequities as they struggle to gain recognition in the scientific community. Based on extensive interviews and backed by quantitative analysis, this compelling work exposes the hidden barriers, subtle exclusions, and unwritten rules that confront women at every juncture along the scientific career path--from childhood to retirement. Through vivid personal accounts the authors offer an illuminating and sobering view of the effects these obstacles have on the personal and professional lives of women. They argue that women can succeed in the scientific workplace by successfully managing "social capital," those networks and relationships scientists rely on for professional support and new ideas. This benchmark volume is vital reading for all scientists and social scientists--both male and female--and for women considering a scientific career.

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Prepublication endorsement: 'Well-meaning proponents of women in science continue to downplay - or even deny - the pervasive personal and career difficulties faced by women scientists. Pretending that these problems don't exist does nothing to improve the scientific climate for women or men. Athena Unbound gives us the research we need to acknowledge and begin to address these problems.' Mary Morse, author of Women Changing Science: Voices from a Field in Transition ' ... good on social insight'. Joan Mason, Chemistry in Britain 'I found Athena Unbound so gripping that I read it in one sitting. I expect that many women scientists, and their families, will find that it articulates as a general problem issues they have encountered in their own careers.' Alison Winter, American Scientist '... this book has much to recommend it.' Jan Leach, Chemistry & Industry ' ... a timely contribution. While the book's focus is on academic science, it can claim greater breadth because of its concern with 'the quality of women's experience in academic science', including how they are educated in college and graduate school ... [There's much to like in this book] ... Athena Unbound is full of righteous indignation, and it makes many important points.' Chemical and Engineering News ' ... the authors' quantitative analysis method is respectable.' Nature

Introduction: women in science: why so few?
The scientific career pipeline
Women and science
Gender, sex and science
Selective access
Critical transitions in the graduate and post-graduate career path
Women's (and men's) Graduate experience in science
The paradox of critical mass for women in science
The Kula ring of scientific success
Women's faculty experience
Dual male and female worlds of science
Differences between women in science
Social capital and faculty network relationships
Negative and positive departmental cultures
Initiatives for departmental change
International comparisons
Athena unbound: policy for women in science
Appendix
Index
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ISBN: 9780521787383
ISBN-10: 0521787386
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 15th December 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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