Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present

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Sue Rosser received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin– Madison in 1973. Since July 1999, she has served as dean of Ivan Allen College, the liberal arts college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is also professor of public policy and of history, technology, and society. She holds the endowed Ivan Allen Dean’s Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. From 1995 to 1999, she was director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and professor of anthropology at the University of Florida (Gainesville). In 1995, she was senior program officer for women’s programs at the National Science Foundation. From 1986 to 1995, she served as director of women’s studies at the University of South Carolina, where she also was a professor of family and preventive medicine in the medical school.

She has edited collections and written approximately 120 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of women, science, technology and women’s health. She is author of 10 books: Teaching Science and Health from a Feminist Perspective: A Practical Guide (1986), Feminism within the Science and Health Care Professions: Overcoming Resistance (1988), Female-friendly Science (1990) from Pergamon Press, Feminism and Biology: A Dynamic Interaction (1992) from Twayne Macmillan, Women’s Health: Missing from U.S. Medicine (1994) from Indiana University Press, and Teaching the Majority(1995), Re-engineering Female-friendly Science (1997), Women, Science, and Society: The Crucial Union (2000) from Teachers College Press, and The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and Their Struggle to Succeed(2004). Her latest book is Women, Gender, and Technology (2006), coedited with Mary Frank Fox and Deborah Johnson. She also served as the Latin and North American co-editor of Women’s Studies International Forum from 1989 to 1993 and currently serves on the editorial boards of NWSA Journal, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and Transformations. She has held several grants from the National Science Foundation, including “A USC System Model for Transformation of Science and Math Teaching to Reach Women in Varied Campus Settings” and “POWRE

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Chronological Section- Changes in Myths of Gender over Time 1
  • Antiquity 3
  • Medieval Era 17
  • Renaissance 31
  • The 18th Century 43
  • The 19th Century 61
  • Early 20th Century 79
  • Thematic Section- Concepts of Gender in Different Contexts 93
  • Disciplines - Chemistry 95
  • Physics/Astronomy 103
  • Mathematics 109
  • Computer Science 115
  • Biology 123
  • Psychology 129
  • Medicine 135
  • Technology 141
  • Aspects of Human Biology and Behavior - The Brain 149
  • Cognitive Abilities 155
  • Mental Illness 161
  • Personality/Rationality/Emotionality 167
  • Endocrinology and Hormones 173
  • Menstruation/Menopause/PMS 177
  • Early Modern Health 181
  • Gender/Sex—How Conjoined 187
  • Homosexuality 193
  • Race 201
  • Nature/Nurture 207
  • Institutions - Women’s Education 213
  • Motherhood 223
  • Religion 229
  • Universities 235
  • Federal Agencies 249
  • Industry 259
  • Professional Societies 263
  • Discrimination 273
  • Women Scientists as Leaders 283
  • Nobel Laureates 295
  • Gender and Occupational Interests 319
  • Other Perspectives on Gender and Myths and Beliefs in Scientific Research - Feminist Philosophy of Science 325
  • Biologists Who Study Gender/Feminism 337
  • Historians of Science and Technology Who Focus on Feminism 347
  • Primatologists Who Focus on Females/Gender 357
  • Critiques of Science 365
  • Marxism/Socialism and Feminism/Gender 373
  • Ecofeminism 381
  • Cyberfeminism 387
  • Race, Postcolonial Gender, and Science 393
  • Feminist Science Studies 399
  • Women’s Health Movement 405
  • Science Fiction 419
  • Conclusion 427
  • Appendix of- Statistical Tables 437
  • Glossary 445
  • Bibliography 469
  • Index 481
  • About the Editor 501
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