This volume, the first of it's kind, examines the role of women paleontologists and archaeologists in a field traditionally dominated by men. Women researchers in this field, have questioned many of the assumptions and developmental scenarios advanced by male scientists. As a result of such efforts, women have forged a more central role in models of human development and have radically altered the way in which human evolution is perceived.
This history of the feminist critique of science, is of profound significance and will be of interest to all those who work in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, and human biology.
Lori D. Hager is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley.
'Women in Human Evolution represent[s] special achievements.' - New Scientist
'This book impresses in its scope but depresses in its documentation of the continuing problems of gender bias in the field of human evolution. It contains all that could e looked for in a discussion of women and human evolution. There is historical depth, scientific argument and the exposure of prejudice. It fits into a growing corpus of literature on gender issues and deserves to be read widely. ' - Antiquity
'The book has a clear and stated focus and the whole is refreshingly held together by a body of feminist theory which impacts with clarity on the complacency of male-stream evolutionary studies In bringing together such a strong and diverse team, Hager is to be congratulated for her vision and for producing a gusty little gem of a book.' - Archaeological Journal