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The Association for Women Geoscientists: Forty years of successes, struggles, and sisterhood

Blair Schneider
Blair Schneider
University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence, 1455 Jayhawk Boulevard, Budig 135, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA
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Lisa M. Tranel
Lisa M. Tranel
Illinois State University, Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, 101 South School Street, Campus Box 4400, Normal, Illinois 61790, USA
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Mackenzie Cremeans
Mackenzie Cremeans
Geosyntec Consultants, 900 Broken Sound Parkway NW #200, Boca Raton, Florida 33487, USA
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Publication history
17 January 201805 June 2018


The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), founded in 1977, is a non-profit organization that encourages women to pursue a career in the geosciences; enhances their professional development and career opportunities; and exchanges educational, technical, and professional information among women scientists. This chapter chronicles the 40-year history of this organization, including its formation, successes, and struggles. In addition, it highlights (1) the evolution of the role of AWG to combat the barriers that women have faced since its formation, and (2) how this role must evolve in the future in hopes of finally achieving gender equality in the geosciences.

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GSA Memoirs

Women and Geology: Who Are We, Where Have We Come From, and Where Are We Going?

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