Book: A Woman of Science - An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms by Cardy Rapercategories: Book, Women in Science, Mushroom Sex, Fungal Environment, Motherhood and Profession, Importance of Science, Way of Science, Adventures in Science, Fungal Sexual Reproduction, Education, Universities, Academia, Memoir
Cardy Raper, PhDabout this book: "A Woman of Science: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms" is a memoir of my successful, yet convoluted life to become a scientist, starting at a time when young women were not supposed to be scientists. In the mid twentieth century, science was a male dominated field; women were meant to be mothers and homemakers—failing that, a female could aspire to be a nurse, technician, secretary, or elementary school teacher.
I knew I wanted to be a scientist from the age of eight. Having finally succeeded, retired from University teaching and research, I felt a strong need to tell my story conveying a personal history of the Women's Movement as it affected women professionals. It is a love story—I did marry, have children—but I also wanted to acquaint nonscientists with the way of science, the importance of its discipline, how it is done, and the exciting rewards of discovery. It took me ten years, many, many edits and rewrites, and here it is, finally published by Hatherleigh Press, distributed by Random House.
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