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The Only Woman in the Room
Author: Eileen Pollack

ISBN: 9780807046579
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1 December 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
A bracingly honest exploration of why there are still so few women in the hard sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science In 2005, when Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard, asked why so few women, even today, achieve tenured positions in the hard sciences, Eileen Pollack set out to find the answer. A successful fiction writer, Pollack had grown up in the 1960s and 70s dreaming of a career as a theoretical astrophysicist. Denied the chance to take advanced courses in science and math, she nonetheless made her way to Yale. There, despite finding herself far behind the men in her classes, she went on to graduate summa cum laude, with honors, as one of the university s first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics. And yet, isolated, lacking in confidence, starved for encouragement, she abandoned her ambition to become a physicist. Years later, spurred by the suggestion that innate differences in scientific and mathematical aptitude might account for the dearth of tenured female faculty at Summer s institution, Pollack thought back on her own experiences and wondered what, if anything, had changed in the intervening decades. Based on six y...

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