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Women in Science and Technology: A Resource Guide

This guide provides links to selected books, journal articles, historical works, and other resources on women in science.


Historically, the female presence in technological and scientific fields has been disproportionately limited compared to that of their male counterparts. Even when women have contributed to these fields, publications describing their work have been limited.

Margaret Rossiter, a pioneering historian of American women in science, argued that since the field of history of science and technology had been dominated by male players, the interest in writing about female contributions to these fields has also been limited. However, these tendencies have been gradually changing in recent years. More and more women enter fields of science and engineering, as well as the history of science and technology, and an increasing number of universities are now working towards attracting more women in science and engineering. Primary schools are also making an extra effort to bring girls into fields of science and engineering from a young age.

This guide covers selected books, journal articles, and historical works, and other resources especially useful to readers who are future women engineers, scientists, inventors, and patent seekers.

Featured Webcast: Women in STEM Careers

DESCRIPTION: Special guests from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) lead a program designed to inspire young people to be curious and passionate about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Svetlana Kotliarova, cancer researcher and scientific review officer, and Yuri Kotliarov, staff scientist at the Center for Human Immunology at NIH, highlighted items from the "Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information" Primary Source Set from the Library's Teachers page and data analysis using the Library's Chronicling America newspaper collections.
EVENT DATE: March 8, 2018
RUNNING TIME: 63 minutes
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About the Science Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Science Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of science, medicine and engineering. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of science and engineering  assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of science, medicine, and engineering materials.