Who Succeeds in Science?: The Gender Dimension
By Gerhard Sonnert, Gerald James Holton
Review by Choice Review
Sonnert’s book could be aptly subtitled “How to Succeed in Science” because, in many ways, it is a manual of strategies on how to work the established social system of science. The bulk of the book concentrates on the narration of life histories of ten male and ten female scientists; five in each group have had successful scientific careers, and five have had successful careers but not as academic scientists. Although the focus is on gender differences, the life stories of these scientists reveal similar obstacles and difficulties (although a few of the women also faced overt or covert discrimination); the major difference between male and female scientific careers is that the men had to contend with only one time clock, their own, whereas women had the challenge of synchronizing three: the female biological clock, their career clock, and the spouse’s career clock. There is an interesting brief chapter on the implications of this study for policy makers. Incomplete and not very helpful index. Sociologists of science, gender study academicians, and policy makers will find much here of value. General; undergraduate through professional. M. H. Chaplin; Wellesley College
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