The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career

The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career

The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career

The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career

Synopsis

Issues covered in this study "include the changing image of female scientists, the changing work atmosphere, the increase in the number of women scientists, and female participation in research groups. The authors also discuss special challenges facing women scientists, including problems raised by high endurance jobs and gender equality in pay and promotion." (Library Journal).

Excerpt

This book is an attempt to describe today's women scientists, with emphasis on the differences and similarities in their roles, accomplishments, career satisfactions, and attitudes compared with men. It is not a deliberate search for discrimination or unequal treatment, but rather an attempt 1to achieve a balanced view of today's professional woman and her work environment. To this end, positive as well as negative aspects of careers in science have been included.

The objective is, as the title suggests, to examine the questions "What is the present female experience in science and what is the prognosis for the future?" To meet this objective we have examined the career progressions, attitudes, successes, and seeming failures of women scientists through interviews, small group conferences, questionnaires, seminars, and conversations with colleagues, looking particularly for patterns as well as unique experiences of female professionals.

The sample group consists of science professionals of varying ages, status, and accomplishments, without undue concentration on the highly successful individuals. Samples have been drawn mainly from academia, with emphasis on university faculty members. Industry and government . . .

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