, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 564-566
Date: 18 Oct 2012

Sue V. Rosser, Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science

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Engagingly written and full of eye-widening narratives, Breaking into the Lab explains some of the most complex and entrenched factors that reproduce gender inequality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. In the book, Sue Rosser sets out to explain the barriers and discrimination that women in STEM face, and how those forces manifest today in more covert, but no less consequential, ways than in decades past. For STEM practitioners without much training in social sciences, for policy makers who want powerful personal narratives as well as strong statistics to help make cases for change, and for skeptics who are leery that gender even matters in 21st century science, Rosser’s book is an ideal way to wade into the topic of gender inequality in STEM. Although the book primarily synthesizes and explicates the literature on gender in STEM rather than making a strong contribution to it, Breaking into the Lab is a useful tool of instruction.

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