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November 2017 Vol. 55 No. 3

Beacon Press

The following review appeared in the November 2017 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Science & Technology
History of Science & Technology

Saini, Angela. Inferior: how science got women wrong - and the new research that's rewriting the story. Beacon Press, 2017. 213p bibl index ISBN 9780807071700, $25.95; ISBN 9780807071717 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Inferior deftly addresses previous perceptions of women made by science and provides thorough evidence to illustrate how these old views were profoundly incorrect. Saini, a renowned science journalist, explores past scientific justifications pertaining to the inferiority of women in a multitude of fields such as biology, psychology, and anthropology. Saini delves into historical scientific topics, such as the role of neurosexism, which was rooted in stereotypes concerning the differences between male and female brains. Discarding long-held beliefs, the author pushes the reader to understand women and their relationship to science in a new way. The author makes a highly politicized argument that she proficiently supports with solid evidence—it is very evident that her strong background in science journalism supports this endeavor. Overall, Saini covers a significant amount of ground on this topic with the far-reaching claims that are made throughout the course of the narrative. This work is thought provoking and cogent.

--K. J. Whitehair, independent scholar

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates.