Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A World of Her Own

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A World of Her Own

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A World of Her Own

By Michael Elsohn Ross. $19.95. 224

pp. Chicago Review Press. Chicago.

2014. ISBN: 9781613744383.

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In A World of Her Own, Michael Elsohn Ross writes as descriptively about 19thcentury female explorers as he does about female adventurers from the current century. Ross concisely tells about 24 women and the ways in which they pursue scientific discovery to the ends of the Earth, often at their own peril. In each inspirational story, the reader learns how each adventurer overcame personal and social hardships. Ross asks broad questions such as "Why do we explore?" as well as gender-specific questions such as "Why wear dresses?" The reader will be challenged to reflect on the ways in which women have triumphed over assumed and actual gender roles.

In one story, the reader is introduced to Rosaly Lopes, a volcano researcher who studies the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune, as well as terrestrial volcanoes in Hawaii, Mexico, Greece, and Iceland. As the foremost expert on volcanoes, she has worked with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a member of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft team. As a champion of exploration, Lopes describes her passion with a simple invitation: "I think that anyone, no matter what they do, should try to experience a volcanic eruption at least once in their life. …

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