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The ‘Woman Question’ and Higher Education: Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in America

The ‘Woman Question’ and Higher Education: Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in... Feminist Economics 15(4), October 2009, 147–175 BOOK REVIEWS The ‘Woman Question’ and Higher Education: Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in America, edited by Ann Mari May. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008. 181 pp. ISBN-13: 978184720 4011 (hbk.). US$95. As Alice Kessler-Harris notes in the Foreword to this volume, ‘‘Lawrence Summers and the issues of ‘choice’ run like a thread through these essays’’ (p. xvi). Choice issues here refer to the extent to which an individual’s choices about education, family, and work are free from the confounding and distorting elements of discrimination, cultural and economic con- straints, stereotypes, and taboos. Readers may well remember the infamous remarks about women and elite academic science that Summers made at the 2005 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce. Parity, he surmised, had not been achieved because of women’s inferior mathematical/scientific ability and lack of commitment to these highly demanding jobs. While Summers subsequently resigned his Harvard Presidency over the contro- versy that his comments unleashed, the authors in this volume ask us to consider why women continue to be blamed for their lack of advance- ment in elite academic science (and in other professions) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Economics Taylor & Francis

The ‘Woman Question’ and Higher Education: Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in America

Feminist Economics , Volume 15 (4): 5 – Oct 1, 2009
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Feminist Economics 15(4), October 2009, 147–175 BOOK REVIEWS The ‘Woman Question’ and Higher Education: Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in America, edited by Ann Mari May. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008. 181 pp. ISBN-13: 978184720 4011 (hbk.). US$95. As Alice Kessler-Harris notes in the Foreword to this volume, ‘‘Lawrence Summers and the issues of ‘choice’ run like a thread through these essays’’ (p. xvi). Choice issues here refer to the extent to which an individual’s choices about education, family, and work are free from the confounding and distorting elements of discrimination, cultural and economic con- straints, stereotypes, and taboos. Readers may well remember the infamous remarks about women and elite academic science that Summers made at the 2005 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce. Parity, he surmised, had not been achieved because of women’s inferior mathematical/scientific ability and lack of commitment to these highly demanding jobs. While Summers subsequently resigned his Harvard Presidency over the contro- versy that his comments unleashed, the authors in this volume ask us to consider why women continue to be blamed for their lack of advance- ment in elite academic science (and in other professions)

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Published: Oct 1, 2009

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