Biological literature written by women

Laurel F. Appel lappel at mail.wesleyan.edu
Tue Mar 13 03:20:21 EST 2001


Elga Wasserman (PhD Chem, J.D.) did a study of all the women who have 
made it into the (US) National Academy of Sciences, trying to get a 
handle on what it was about those women, and/or their circumstances, 
that allowed them to be so successful. (One must not only be very 
accomplished, but recognized as so by one's male peers to make it 
into the academy.)  Her book on the subject,  The Door in the Dream: 
Conversations with Eminent Women in Science (2000) can be ordered or 
read on-line at the publisher's site at: 
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/6375.html

For all of the followers of this news group, it's a nice chance to 
see the "leaks in the pipeline" discussion from the success side, 
instead of the "leak" side.  For Gerd, it is also a list of those 
eminent, publishing women.

I paste the publisher's blurb below.

(Disclaimer -- I heard the author talk about her work, and later 
invited her to talk to my Women in Science group, but have no other 
connection to the book.)

Laurel

[National Academy Press]

  	"While much has been written about barriers to women in 
science, very little work celebrates the wisdom and insights of the 
women who have risen to the top of their chosen scientific 
profession. In this remarkable book, the author gathers the personal 
stories of the select few women scientists who have achieved the 
honor of election to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
	" Including several Nobel laureates, the group is elite--yet 
their career profiles and personal interviews have much to say to 
everyone struggling to overcome obstacles. From their passionate love 
of research to their struggle to balance the demands of home and 
career, these women share a great deal. At the same time, these 
intimate portraits offer widely different insights about how being 
female has affected their careers.
  	"In these chapters, readers will discover the importance of 
such factors as persistence, good mentoring, talent, and plain luck. 
Often, there is a critical moment at which, but for a serendipitous 
event, even these dedicated women could easily have been diverted 
from their career paths. The Door in the Dream offers an intimate 
glimpse into the lives of these inspiring women, providing readers 
the opportunity to benefit from their personal insights and anecdotes.
  	"In an informal and engaging manner, the author provides a 
fascinating window into the changing status and representation of 
women in science in the 20th century. Among the eminent women 
interviewed:

                             Mary Ellen Avery
                             May R. Berenbaum
                             Mary K. Gaillard
                             Margaret Kidwell
                             Judith P. Klinman
                             Nancy Kopell
                             Marian Koshland
                             Jane Lubchenco
                             Pamela Matson
                             Cathleen Morawetz
                             Myriam Sarachik
                             Joan Steitz
                             Susan Taylor

"This book will be helpful to anyone concerned about women: 
educators, employers, university administrators, career counselors, 
scholarship funders, scientific professional groups, established 
women scientists, and--perhaps most important --young women aspiring 
to a science career, their parents, and their advisors."
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