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Who's Afraid of Marie Curie?: The Challenges Facing Women in Science and Technology

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In 2005, Larry Summers, former president of Harvard, sparked an outcry when he suggested that women might not be as innately gifted in scientific and mathematical ability as men. Since then, issues related to the lack of women in science and engineering have appeared in the news, but these sound bites tell only part of the story.

Who’s Afraid of Marie Curie? weaves together
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 30th 2007 by Seal Press (first published November 28th 2007)
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Charles
Sep 03, 2015 Charles rated it liked it
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In my opinion, there are some good things and some not so good things about the book. On the good side, when the author cites data it is very informative and really provides you with food for thought. Also on the good side, it sheds important light on the numerous issues facing women in such scientific fields as engineering, mathematics, Physics and so on. It rightly indicates that many of the steps that might be taken toward improving the climate for women in the sciences would also benefit men ...more
Robin
This book does what it sets out to do: it "explores the opportunities and challenges facing women in science and technology, math and medicine, from grade school to grad school and beyond" but less through what I would have described as "extensive research" and much more through the "scores of interviews" that make up the bulk of this slim book. That said, there's nothing wrong with the interviews, or with the accumulated evidence conveyed that sexism is alive and rampant everywhere we care to l ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Interesting and thought provoking. I checked this book out to use as a resource for my history term paper (on women in science), but found it more useful for reading on my own. It brought up some important studies and statistics that illustrate issues which need to be addressed if women are to truly succeed in science. My only complaints? It was a little bit repetitive in its comments and suggestions. Each section reached the same conclusion; it felt like one large research paper rather than a b ...more
Antara Basu-Zych
Mar 22, 2011 Antara Basu-Zych rated it really liked it
This book contains a lot of valuable information (both anecdotal and research data) about the status of women scientists. As a woman scientist, I found the stories very interesting (comparing my own story with those of others, seeing parallels, acknowledging familiar attitudes, etc). I think the author did a great job of compiling information and transferring these data into a nice read. I would recommend this book to other women scientists, those aspiring to be, parents and educators. The book ...more
Mairi
Jan 27, 2008 Mairi rated it liked it
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I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. It wasn't bad. It really wasn't. It was never inaccurate. The author presented the information clearly and, well, did raise an emotional reaction. All but the last few chapters and appendices managed to do, however, was piss me off. I've lived through an awful lot in this book; not all of it but a fair amount. I've dealt with overt and covert sexism in academic and professional laboratory environments and even had a few good experiences along the ...more
Sehar  Moughal
Aug 18, 2015 Sehar Moughal rated it liked it
Caveat: A depressing read for those (women) trying to pave their way in the science field. I was choked with fear after reading each chapter and could not wait to get this book as far from my sight as possible. That worked really well: the ideas are imprinted on my brain, gnawing at my insides to act fast.
Three star rating: The ideas/messages are repetitive. I don't know if it is deliberate: drill in the reader's mind the harsh reality of an academic career in science, beseeching them to remove
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Emily Dahl
May 25, 2009 Emily Dahl rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, wost
This book discussed the problems facing women in science and engineering. The problems facing women in these careers are the same facing women in other fields: visibility, support, sexism, bias... It was a nice overview, but I was expecting more. More depth, more applicable solutions than just "encourage your children to go to the science museum"-- not that I should be complaining, because what more solutions can you offer in the face of entrenched, structural, pervasive problems? It's a mammoth ...more
Angelina EVHS Cayabyab
Dec 09, 2014 Angelina EVHS Cayabyab rated it it was amazing
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This book is very observant on how there is gender inequality in the work world and schools. The author strongly convinces why we should change gender inequality for women working in the science field and the women who would want to work in the science field by pointing out the many sad truths she discovers. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in Science and World Issues.
Jenna
Dec 11, 2008 Jenna rated it it was amazing
I would consider this essential reading for any women considering a career in science, academia or engineering.
Emily
Mar 28, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Good insight into the difficulties women are still facing while pursuing higher degrees in science and technology. Well written but it did get repetative.
Jennifer
Sep 26, 2016 Jennifer marked it as to-read
I ran out of time to read this before returning it to the library, but I look forward to checking it out again.
Meg
Nov 28, 2008 Meg rated it it was ok
It told me few things I hadn't already read about elsewhere and relied heavily on anecdotes. Still, it wasn't completely bad and I learned a few interesting things.
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