March 2012

March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of women to society.

This year, we have chosen to highlight pioneering women in the field of science. 

Please visit the library to view or borrow these and many other interesting books, currently on display.



By Vandana Shiva

Format: print

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Author’s Website

Top 100 Women: Activists and Campaigners
Nominated by The Guardian

Interview with Bill Moyers

Publisher’s Description
In this intelligently argued and ethically principled book, the internationally renowned Third World environmentalist exposes the latest frontier of the North’s ongoing assault against the South’s biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals.

By Nathaniel C. Comfort

Format: print and ebook

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Book Review from American Scientist

Biography from
Winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine

Publisher’s Description
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), a geneticist who integrated classical genetics with microscopic observations of the behavior of chromosomes, was regarded as a genius and as an unorthodox, nearly incomprehensible thinker. In 1946, she discovered mobile genetic elements, which she called “controlling elements.” Thirty-seven years later, she won a Nobel Prize for this work, becoming the third woman to receive an unshared Nobel in science. Since then, McClintock has become an emblem of feminine scientific thinking and the tragedy of narrow-mindedness and bias in science. Learn more…

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Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women

Edited by Emily Monosson

Format: print

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Science Moms: A Blog to Continue the Discussion

Publisher’s Description
About half of the undergraduate and roughly 40 percent of graduate degree recipients in science and engineering are women. As increasing numbers of these women pursue research careers in science, many who choose to have children discover the unique difficulties of balancing a professional life in these highly competitive (and often male-dominated) fields with the demands of motherhood. Although this issue directly affects the career advancement of women scientists, it is rarely discussed as a professional concern, leaving individuals to face the dilemma on their own. Read more…

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Avenging Agnodice: The Struggles and Successes of Female Scientists, Antiquity to Present

Women in Science: Then and Now

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