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Athena Unbound
The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology

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Michael Neuschatz, Elaine Seymour, Lynn Mulkey, Joseph Alonzo
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  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521787383

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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.

    • Based on hundreds of interviews and supported by quantitative analysis
    • Contains vivid personal accounts of sacrifices made and adaptive strategies developed
    • Explains how career success and research discoveries depend on 'social capital' - the relationships and networks that scientists rely on for access to new ideas and professional support
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The authors balance their extremely detailed analysis with a humanistic perspective as they compare and contrast the status of women scientists in different countries, characterize both exclusionary and supportive forms of networking, and, ultimately, offer some surprising and hopeful conclusions." Booklist

    "...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...Athena Unbound makes some important suggestions. Now is the time to act upon them." Chemical & Engineering News

    "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." American Scientist Sept-Oct 2001

    "The eye-opening text draws upon various studies and surveys and hundreds of interviews with science students and faculty and presents recommendations for reform, especially in academia." Northwestern Summer 2001

    "There's much to like in this book" Chemical & Engineering News

    "The authors are to be applauded for helping to keep the unique challenges of women in science at the forefront of social consciousness." CELL May 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521787383
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.475kg
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: women in science: why so few?
    1. The scientific career pipeline
    2. Women and science
    3. Gender, sex and science
    4. Selective access
    5. Critical transitions in the graduate and post-graduate career path
    6. Women's (and men's) Graduate experience in science
    7. The paradox of critical mass for women in science
    8. The Kula ring of scientific success
    9. Women's faculty experience
    10. Dual male and female worlds of science
    11. Differences between women in science
    12. Social capital and faculty network relationships
    13. Negative and positive departmental cultures
    14. Initiatives for departmental change
    15. International comparisons
    16. Athena unbound: policy for women in science

  • Authors

    Henry Etzkowitz, State University of New York, Purchase

    Carol Kemelgor, State University of New York, Purchase

    Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, Illinois


    Michael Neuschatz, Elaine Seymour, Lynn Mulkey, Joseph Alonzo

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