Thoughtful Gifts for Curious People

The Sky is for Everyone


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Before 1900, a woman who wanted to study the stars needed a father, brother, or husband to provide entry. Even for much of the twentieth century, the considerable intellectual skills of women astronomers were still not enough to enable them to pry open doors of opportunity. After decades of difficult struggles, women are closer to equality in astronomy than ever before. Trimble and Weintraub bring together a series of autobiographical essays, telling the stories of an internationally diverse collection of women who broke down barriers and changed the face of modern astronomy. Taking readers from 1960 to today, this triumphant anthology serves as an inspiration to current and future generations of women scientists while giving voice to the history of a transformative era in astronomy.

With contributions by Neta A. Bahcall, Beatriz Barbuy, Ann Merchant Boesgaard, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Catherine Cesarsky, Poonam Chandra, Xuefei Chen, Cathie Clarke, Judith Gamora Cohen, France Anne Córdova, Anne Pyne Cowley, Bozena Czerny, Wendy L. Freedman, Yilen Gómez Maqueo Chew, Gabriela González, Saeko S. Hayashi, Martha P. Haynes, Roberta M. Humphreys, Vicky Kalogera, Gillian Knapp, Shazrene S. Mohamed, Carole Mundell, Priyamvada Natarajan, Dara J. Norman, Hiranya Peiris, Judith Lynn Pipher, Dina Prialnik, Anneila I. Sargent, Sara Seager, Grazina Tautvaišiene, Silvia Torres-Peimbert, Virginia Trimble, Meg Urry, Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Patricia Ann Whitelock, Sidney Wolff, and Rosemary F. G. Wyse.

Hardback, 440 pages.
Measures 16.5 x 24.4 cm.