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Women scientists in America. [Volume 2]. Before affirmative action, 1940-1972

Author: Margaret W Rossiter
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret W Rossiter
ISBN: 0801857112 9780801857119 0801848938 9780801848933
OCLC Number: 642178519
Notes: Sequel to Women scientists in America : struggles and strategies to 1940.
Includes index.
Awards: Winner of History of Science Society's Pfizer Award 1997.
Description: xviii, 584 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Margaret W. Rossiter.

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An account of the struggles of women scientists in America between 1940 to 1972. Rossiter proves that despite obstacles created by the patriarchal structures and values of the time, women made a  Read more...

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