Sex Roles (2013) 68:397–399 DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0224-5 BOOK REVIEW Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science. By Sue V. Rosser, New York, New York University Press, 2012. 251 pp. $35 (hardcover) ISBN: 9780-814776452 Linda Sax Published online: 30 September 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012 A timely and important contribution to scholarship on women women science faculty (MIT 1999), as well as former Har- in STEM, Rosser’s(2012) Breaking into the Lab: Engineering vard University President Summers’ controversial com- Progress for Women in Science highlights longstanding ments (which Rosser personally witnessed) that aimed to inequities and introduces emergent disparities facing women explain women’s persistent underrepresentation in STEM. in scientific fields. What sets this book apart from so many in At a time of continued debate and variable progress for the field (e.g., Davis and colleagues 1996; Bystydzienski and women in STEM, Rosser asks the right question: “Why Bird 2006)isRosser’s approach, which offers a unique blend hasn’t the women in science question been resolved after of personal narrative, empirical evidence, and theoretical con- millions of federal and foundation dollars spent to encour- siderations. She also provides an important context with age women in science and engineering and years
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