The historical problems of travel for women undertaking geological fieldwork
AffiliationUniversity of Chester ; Jura-Museum, Willibaldsburg
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AbstractFrom unsuitable clothes to a lack of chaperones, from sexual harrassment to lack of proper funding, throughout history women geologists have encountered difficulties travelling to their field location or wotking in the field, whether these locations were close by or abroad. From Etheldred Benett to the present day problems are often sociological and political as well as logistical. Most early women geologists were able to avoid many difficulties because they were protected through working locally where their high social standing was known and respected or because they worked in a team with husband, father, or brother. However the problem developed virulence in the second half of the nineteenth century when women started to appear as students and professionally trained geologists. The single travelling women geologist had to face desciminating attitudes, ranging from pity to disregard and even to sexual harrassment. Benevolent society also had its problems with these women when, for example, professors needed their wives as chaperones to take women students on field trips.
CitationIn C.V. Burek & B. Higgs (Eds.), The role of women in the history of geology (pp. 115-122). London: The Geological Society of London, 2007
PublisherThe Geological Society of London
DescriptionThis book chapter is not available through ChesterRep.
Series/Report no.Geological Society of London special publication
SponsorsThis book chapter was submitted to the RAE2008 for the University of Chester - Geography and Environmental Studies.