Women Scientists: Reflections, Challenges, and Breaking Boundaries

Hardcover | April 1, 2015

byMagdolna Hargittai

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Magdolna Hargittai uses over fifteen years of in-depth conversation with female physicists, chemists, biomedical researchers, and other scientists to form cohesive ideas on the state of the modern female scientist. The compilation, based on sixty conversations, examines unique challenges thatwomen with serious scientific aspirations face. In addition to addressing challenges and the unjustifiable underrepresentation of women at the higher levels of academia, Hargittai takes a balanced approach by discussing how some of the most successful of these women have managed to obtainprofessional success and personal happiness.Women Scientists portrays scientists from different backgrounds, different geographical regions-eighteen countries from four continents-and leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds, including eight Nobel laureate women. The book is divided into three sections: "Husband and Wife Teams,""Women at the Top," and "In High Positions." Hargittai uses her own experience to introduce her first section on the lives of prominent scientific couples and addresses the joys and disadvantages of husband and wife teams. The second section is a comprehensive exploration of the struggles andtriumphs of "women at the top." Hargittai introduces women from countries where relatively little has been written about female scientists. The final section focuses on women scientists involved with science administration and leadership. Hargittai's biographical sketches role models for buddingscientists. The book is a much needed account of female presence and influence in the sciences.

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Magdolna Hargittai uses over fifteen years of in-depth conversation with female physicists, chemists, biomedical researchers, and other scientists to form cohesive ideas on the state of the modern female scientist. The compilation, based on sixty conversations, examines unique challenges thatwomen with serious scientific aspirations fa...

Magdolna Hargittai is Research Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She is a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Europaea (London).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.18 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199359989

ISBN - 13:9780199359981

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PrefaceIntroductionHusband and Wife TeamsAt the TopIn High PositionsFinal ThoughtsNotesIndex