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Agronomy Journal Abstract - ARTICLE

A Century of Women in Agronomy: Lessons from Diverse Life Stories


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  1. Vol. 100 No. Supplement_3, p. S-53-S-69
    Received: Mar 2, 2007

    * Corresponding author(s): mmcintos@umd.edu
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  1. Marla S. McIntosh *a and
  2. Steve R. Simmonsa
  1. a Dep. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 6117 Plant Sciences, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
    a Dep. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Univ. of Minnesota, 411 Borlaug Hall, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108


The experiences, achievements, wisdom, and philosophies of eight exemplary women agronomic scientists are told to provide insights into the history, diversity, and evolution of the agronomic sciences. The stories of these women, whose lives and careers span the last century (born 1889 to 1973), integrate their personal and professional lives to create a multidimensional understanding of the past to help us see a clearer vision for the future. Each woman's story contributes a unique and significant perspective on the roles of individuals in the agronomic sciences. The compilation of these life stories reveals important similarities shared among women. Their lives and words are meant to inspire others as they reflect on their own personal and professional goals and approaches to attaining them. This paper can be a resource for teachers seeking to stimulate student discussion about the role of gender within the agronomic profession, as well as about professional ethics and cultural diversity. While intending to be thought-provoking, the authors sought to reveal the importance of women in the continuing evolution of agronomy and to affirm the value of human diversity in a constantly changing world.

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