Women in academia have struggled for centuries to establish levels of acceptance and credibility equal to men in the same fields, and anthropology is not different. This book speaks about their challenges and successes as they navigated through their personal and professional lives, riding the changing tides of social and disciplinary history.
Maria G. Cattell is a research associate at The Field Museum of Natural History. She received her PhD in 1989 from Bryn Mawr College, and after completing a dissertation on aging and gender in rural Kenya, continued her research there for a quarter century. Marjorie M. Schweitzer received her PhD in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma, and wrote her dissertation on The Power and Prestige of the Elderly in Two Indian Communities. In 1986 Marjorie retired as Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. She continues to be an advocate for the survival of American Indian culture.