Northeastern Section - 47th Annual Meeting (1820 March 2012)
Paper No. 5-3
Presentation Time: 11:00 AM-11:20 AM

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: PERSPECTIVES FROM A MODERN FEMALE INVOLVED IN FIELD GEOLOGY

STEULLET, Alex, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT 06050, steulletalk@my.ccsu.edu

Field studies in geology are essential to a student’s curriculum. They are the foundation of further laboratory analyses, and are conducted typically through a significant amount of travel, requiring outdoor expertise such as hiking or climbing to approach and interpret to rock exposures. Field geology throughout history has been documented as a traditionally male-dominated occupation, requiring strength, endurance, and the ability to travel to and stay in desolate and often risky regions on a global scale. In more modern times, however, those involved in field geology have begun to break away from this classical mindset and become a more open to field studies as a practical prospect for women.

Modern women have the desire to pursue career paths now more than ever before in industry and other “dirty” jobs. Studies in geosciences are a curriculum that not all women feel they can pursue as a prospective career due to family, physical, and mental constraints. From personal experience partaking in field work I have discovered that success in geoscience studies outweighs any struggle. Throughout my field research I have noticed an increasing interest from women in areas of all geosciences and the rising hope for the demise of the question, “Where are all the women in field geology?”

Northeastern Section - 47th Annual Meeting (1820 March 2012)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 5
Women in the Geosciences: Past, Present, and Future
Hartford Marriott Downtown: Ballroom B
10:20 AM-12:00 PM, Sunday, 18 March 2012

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 44

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