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Has Feminism Changed Science?

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674005440

Publication Date: 04/02/2001


276 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

5 halftones, 4 line illustrations, 25 tables


The answer to the question posed by the title is ‘Yes, but not enough.’ Londa Schiebinger specializes in gender issues in science, and this is a synthesis of her earlier books, ranging through history to uncover the many women whose work has been overlooked, if not stolen, by male scientists over the centuries, as well as the women who have made a difference in fields as diverse as medicine, archeology and primatology… Schiebinger also offers a number of suggestions for change.The Globe and Mail

In the past 30 years, feminists have produced major critiques of science…there have also been several modern histories of women scientists, new biographies, and numerous research studies of their recent career developments. Schiebinger’s latest book is a summary to date of this body of knowledge…a very rich area of critical analysis.—Judith Lorber, Ideology and Cultural Production

This is by no means a specialist or polemical book: on the contrary it courts a wide readership, offering a brilliant general picture of the development of science and the current state of play, seen through the frame of a feminist vision, which is at once celebratory and critical… Schiebinger’s thoroughly accessible and informative writing, like a good public service radio program, draws people into areas they didn’t know could interest them, and sends them away with ideas for further reflection.—Barbara Crowther, Public Understanding of Science

Schiebinger’s questions and conclusions should interest all veterinarians, since we are currently living through a dramatic-and much debated-alteration in the gender composition of our profession. Work such as Schiebinger’s, although scholarly and not specific to veterinary medicine, helps us to think about our own professional transformation… Schiebinger’s ‘feminism’ then, is a point of view that attacks narrowness in scientific thought and practice. She says that ‘after a while, change builds on change.’ Let us all work towards the day when we can answer the question ‘has feminism changed veterinary medicine’ with a resounding ‘yes.’—Susan D. Jones, D.V.M., Ph.D., Association for Women Veterinarians

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