Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post World War II America


      Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post World War II America
Women mathematicians of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s and how they built professional identities in the face of social and institutional obstacles.Women Becoming Mathematicians looks at the lives and careers of thirty six of the approximately two hundred women who earned Ph.D.s in mathematics from American institutions from 1940 to 1959 During this period, American mathematical research enjoyed an unprecedented expansion, fueled by the technological successes of World War II and the postwar boom in federal funding for education in the basic sciences Yet women s share of doctorates earned in mathematics in the United States reached an all time low This book explores the complex interplay between the personal and professional lives of those women who embarked on mathematical careers during this period, with a view to understanding how changes in American society during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s affected their career development and identities as mathematicians The book is based on extensive interviews with thirty six women mathematicians of the postwar generation, as well as primary and secondary historical and sociological research Taking a life course approach, the book examines the development of mathematical identity across the life span, from childhood through adulthood and into retirement It focuses on the process by which women who are actively involved in the mathematical community come to know themselves as mathematicians The women s stories are instructive precisely because they do not conform to a set pattern compelled to improvise, the women mathematicians of the 1940s and 1950s followed diverse paths in their struggle to construct a professional identity in postwar America. Free Read [ Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post World War II America ] author [ Margaret A.M. Murray ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – tbjewellers.co.uk

Margaret A M Murray, formerly Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech, is Lecturer in Rhetoric and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Iowa.

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post World War II America
  • Margaret A.M. Murray
  • English
  • 24 April 2018
  • 0262632462

10 thoughts on “ Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post World War II America

  1. says:

    I bought this book while searching for information about one of the women profiled in it Because of that, I might have preferred a different format, and there are other specific womens stories I want to re read and trace from beginning to end But in general, this seems to be a well researched, well written book It is full of great anecdotes about women in mathematics, but the themes will resonate with those in any professional field I bought this book while searching for information about one of the women...

  2. says:

    I read bits of this book while I was doing research for a paper in a math history class The part I found most interesting was the description of the sexist obstacles faced by many women entering the profession at that time.

  3. says:

    Fascinating, full accounts of these women s lives and the diverse ways they tackled sexism and general difficulties in establishing careers and balanced lives It is beautifully interesting, despite the academic almost dull sounding title I loved it.

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