Why did I love this book?
A pathway to a Ph.D. can be brutal–more so when the goal
is a doctorate in STEM domains, especially in what was once a “man’s world.”
Despite these challenges, ground-breaking women weathered the taxing obstacle
course to professional success in research, teaching, the corporate road, and academia. They cleared the way for today’s generations of scientists,
professors, and innovators.
In Lessons Learned, Deborah Shlian collected and shared the fascinating personal stories of thirty-one of these diverse women who persevered in difficult and often unwelcoming environments and who serve as inspirations for all who seek careers or are currently engaged in STEM realms.
Mentors and colleagues of all genders will find the stories of perseverance in often inequitable situations illuminating and can take in the wisdom shared by the contributors. As a female MD, having had similar experiences as one of a few female medical students in the early 1970s, I found their stories brought back memories of our own struggles and challenges—and gratitude for the ground-breaking efforts of these amazing women to help open doors for so many of us.