The Role of Women in the History of Geology

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Cynthia V. Burek, Bettie Higgs
Geological Society of London, Jan 1, 2007 - Science - 342 pages
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Where were the women in Geology? This book is a first as it unravels the diverse roles women have played in the history and development of geology as a science predominantly in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and selectively in Germany, Russia and US. The volume covers the period from the late eighteenth century to the present day and shows how the roles that women have played changed with time. These included illustrators, museum collectors and curators, educationalists, researchers and geologists. Originally as wives, sisters or mothers many were assistants to their male relatives. This book looks at all these forgotten women and for the first time historians and scientists together explore the contribution they made to this male-dominated subject. There are individual profiles on remarkable women: Catherine Raisin, Dorothea Bate, Cuvier's daughters, Grace Prestwich, Annie Greenly, Nancy Kirk, Margaret Crosfield, Ethel Skeat, Maria Ogivlie Gordon, Marie Stopes, Anne Phillips, Muriel Arber and Etheldred Bennett. Pulling together this extensive research uncovered common issues and generated emergent themes. The Editors have brought this new research together under these themes and tried to answer the question Where were the women in Geology? They go on to discuss how these role models can be applicable to today's society.
  

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Contents

notes on some early
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Hart J K The role of women in British Quaternary science
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the various
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V KolblEbert M The historical problems of travel for women
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HiggS B Wyse Jackson P N The role of women in the history of geological
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The role of British and German women in early 19thcentury
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V MalpaS J A Rediscovering and conserving the Lower
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FalcoNLang H J Miller R F Marie Stopes and the Fern
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the first woman geologist?
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John Phillipss geological companion
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a personal reflection
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BUREK C V Maria Matilda Ogilvie Gordon
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WilliamS T P T The role of Annie Greenly in the elucidation of the geology of Anglesey
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Index
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