She’s Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology, & Other Nerdy Stuff, edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders (Seal Press, Avalon Publishing, 2006) delivers 24 autobiographical vignettes about growing up, working, and living as a female noted for, and often defined by, her relationship to one or more STEM studies: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The editors (who also contributed) selected these stories from among 200 entries.
Yet within each of these 24 narratives are many more commonalities and differences, any of which could be used to draw thin conclusions or question broad generalizations. That, to me, is the ultimate lesson here: statistics about populations hide the realities of individuals.
I previewed this a couple of weeks ago. Read full review here.