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Women in the Field: America's Pioneering Women Naturalists

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Men generally dominated the study of the outdoors in the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. But there were women in the field, too. Marcia Myers Bonta gives biographies of twenty-five of these women naturalists in this well-detailed study.

Bonta divides the women by the subject of their study: naturalists, botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, and ec
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Texas A University Press
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is a lovely book about so many amazing women! Well written and fascinating.
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Biographies of early female naturalists and their work in North American natural science. A good starting place for further research for me.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
A useful, engaging collection of profiles of American women naturalists, from the well-known (Rachel Carson) to the obscure (Ynes Mexia). These pioneering women show a range of personalities, pleasant and not so; but all of them who succeeded at field work show an acquired taste for beans. Bonta emphasizes the mutual support networks that arose among them, especially the Althea Sherman-Margaret Morse Nice-Amelia Laskey axis. For a number of reasons, many of these women do not leave a record of e ...more
Bonta has produced a delightful collection of biographies of important American women naturalists. She has divided the book into sections with an introduction to women who are important to the topic but for whom there is little information. Her accounts clearly situate these women in their history and social and personal contexts which makes particularly interesting reading in the 21rst century. I only wish she had concluded with a kind of epilogue chapter rather than the few sentences at the co ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a new book, but science teachers and others should absolutely get this into the hands of aspiring girl scientists and naturalists. A great inspiration to me early in my start in such a career. ...more
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I found this book very insightful when I was first starting my career with the Park Service and working as a bio tech. Some chapters were less interesting than others, but most were enjoyable. I especially liked the chapter about the first woman taxidermist.
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book should be read by all young people in science...we only get to hear how the boys contributed to building science. Yay for all these women!!
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Marcia Bonta is a freelance nature writer who lives in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.

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