The Feminist Press Book List

For a limited time, the Feminist Press is extending an additional 10 percent discount to AAUW members when they purchase through, so AAUW members will be getting 50 percent off the list price.

Read more with the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club.

Discount Code Information

AAUW members receive the discount when purchasing these STEM books through The Feminist Press:

  • The Madame Curie Complex
  • Women in Science
  • Base Ten
  • Complaints and Disorders
  • Taste of Molecules

Purchase from, and use the discount code AAUWBC2013 at checkout. This code expires December 31, 2013.

About The Feminist Press

The Feminist Press at the City University of New York is a nonprofit institution dedicated to publishing literary and educational works by and about women. We are one of the oldest continuing feminist publishers in the world; our existence is grounded in the knowledge that mainstream publishers seeking mass audiences often ignore important, path-breaking works by women from the United States and throughout the world.

The Feminist Press was founded in 1970. In its early decades, the press launched the contemporary rediscovery of “lost” American women writers and went on to publish significant works by American women writers of color. Since the 1980s, the press has published international women writers who are still far less likely to be translated than male writers. The Feminist Press also publishes nonfiction that explores contemporary issues affecting the lives of women around the world. In 2006, with National Science Foundation support, we initiated the Women Writing Science project, a series of books that celebrates the achievements of women scientists while raising awareness of the challenges they face.

About Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope is the online component of the Women Writing Science project at The Feminist Press. Under the Microscope collects stories from women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math with the goal of publishing a useful guide for young women in science. Under the Microscope also publishes news, tips, interviews, and profiles. Under the Microscope has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation and was developed by IBM.

The Madame Curie Complex
By Julie Des Jardins

Why are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex moves beyond the most common explanations — limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men — to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women’s contributions to the sciences.

Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson, and the women of the Manhattan Project, Julie Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts — Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi — to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure, and experience of the work. With lively anecdotes and vivid detail, The Madame Curie Complex reveals how women scientists have often asked different questions, used different methods, and come up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world, and how they have forever transformed a scientist’s role.

Author Information

Julie Des Jardins teaches American history at Baruch College, City University of New York, and writes on gender and American women. Previously, she was a lecturer at Harvard University, where she was awarded the Alan Heimert Prize for Seminar Teaching. Des Jardins has a doctoral degree in American history from Brown University and has taught the history of gender, race, and feminism since 2000.

C-SPAN Video Library
Julie Des Jardins talks about the many contributions that women have made to science. She referenced the work of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, and Rachel Carson.

Additional Information

Women in Science: Then and Now
By Vivian Gornick
Foreword by Donna E. Shalala

In this newly revised 25th anniversary edition, acclaimed writer and journalist Vivian Gornick interviews famous and lesser-known scientists, compares their experiences then with now, and shows that although not much has changed in the world of science, what is different are women’s expectations that they can and will succeed.

Everything from the disparaging comments by Harvard’s then-president to government reports and media coverage focuses on the ways in which women supposedly can’t do science. Gornick’s original 100 interviews show how deep and severe discrimination against women has been in all the scientific fields. Her new interviews with some of the same women she spoke to 25 years ago provide a fresh description of the hard times and great successes these women have experienced.

Author Information

Vivian Gornick is a critic, essayist, and memoirist. For many years, she wrote for the Village Voice. She currently teaches writing at The New School in New York City. Listen to her speak about the updated edition of Women in Science in On the Issues magazine.

Additional Information

Base Ten
By Maryann Lesert
Afterword by Florence Howe and Sue V. Rosser

Base Ten exposes the daily battles of women scientists who are fighting to preserve a family life and succeed in a discipline that functions on the archaic belief that every scientist has a wife at home. Inspired by scientists Sandra Moore Faber and Vera Rubin, this striking novel vividly captures the struggles of women in science.

Reared to believe that she could do anything, astrophysicist Jillian Greer dreamed of going into space. When she and her research partner Kera Sullivan invented a specialized telescope, it looked as though these two dogged scientists would fulfill the dream they shared.

Ten years later, as Sullivan trains in a space simulator, Greer is married and a mother, packing lunches and helping with her kids’ homework. As her 40th birthday draws near, she decides that things have to change. Leaving her family for ten days, one day for each year she has put her career on hold, she seeks solitude in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan, where she struggles to see if she can find her way back to the stars.

Author Information

Maryann Lesert lives and works in West Michigan, where she is an assistant professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College. During her undergraduate years, Lesert studied art, writing, and biomedical sciences and graduated in 1988 from Western Michigan University with a dual bachelor’s degree in art and English. In 2003, she earned her master’s of fine arts degree in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Additional Information

STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero
By Elizabeth Streb
Foreword by Anna Deavere Smith
Introduction by Peggy Phelan

Elizabeth Streb has been testing the potential of the human body since childhood. Can she fly? Can she run up walls? Can she break through glass? How fast can she go? Combining memoir and theory, Streb conveys how she became an extreme action choreographer and developed a form of movement that’s more NASCAR than modern dance, more boxing than ballet. This book is for those who try or are willing to do just about anything to become a hero in their own way.

Author Information

Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Streb intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt work. In 1985, she founded STREB Extreme Action Company, which performs internationally in theaters, museums, and town squares. She established STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) in 2003, a factory space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that produces a cottage industry of extreme action performances and invites people to wonder about movement, gravity, and flight.

Additional Information