Women scientists, from colonial collectors, amateur geologists, and pioneer ecologists, have left their mark on the development of science as well as the advancement of women in Australia. In this engaging and exhaustively researched book, Claire Hooker describes the courageous cast of characters who have contributed to diverse fields from palaeontology to medicine. Providing fascinating insights into the ways in which women have been able to create careers in a predominantly male domain, Hooker brings to life the stories of women scientists' experiences, from colonial times to today, when many are leaders in their fields. Inspiring, insightful, and full of 'ripping yarns', ""Irresistible Forces"" is a map of women's contributions to science in the past and a chart of where it might go in the future.
Claire Hooker is a historian of science, medicine and public health. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2000. She has been a Senior Research Associate with the History and Material Culture of Public Health in Australia project, Department of Gender Studies, University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum. Claire is currently in Canada carrying out a postdoctorate on health scares. She has published extensively in both academic and popular genres. Her most recent publication is Contagion: Historical and Cultural Studies (with Alison Bashford).