October 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Geology Colloquium | No Cursing, Crying, No Cookies: Women Trailblazers in Geomorphology, Nov. 4

The Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium Series presents Dr. Dorothy Sack on “No Cursing, Crying, No Cookies: Women Trailblazers in Geomorphology” on Nov. 4 at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger 205.


Sack is a Professor in the Ohio University Department of Geography.

Abstract:   Social change over the seven decades since World War II has made it less difficult for women in many countries to pursue graduate study and careers in what had long been traditionally male-dominated disciplines. The proportion of geomorphologists who are women has increased since 1945, but women still comprise a conspicuous minority of that field. Cultural change within the discipline during the second half of the 20th century, as in society at large, accrued incrementally.  This talk uses personal histories of six twentieth century women geomorphologists to depict some of the challenges faced by women in geomorphology during that time. One goal of this historical account is to promote a fuller understanding of the history of science by considering the perspective of the pioneering and subsequent generation of women practitioners. Other underrepresented groups in this and related fields may find useful commonalities between their experiences and those of these geomorphologists.

Upcoming Colloquia

Davey Wright of The Ohio State University on “Unifying fossils and phylogenetic biology to study evolution in “deep time” on Nov. 18 at 4:10 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

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