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"Against All Odds": Review of Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post-World War II America, by Margaret A. M. Murray. Reviewed by Evelyn Sander. American Scientist, January-February 2001.

The book reviewed here is based on interviews with 36 successful women mathematicians, who all encountered sexism and discrimination during their careers. Some of them fought these obstacles by, for example, forming organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics. The reviewer notes that the book's organization sometimes makes it hard to follow the individual women's stories. "But on the whole, the book gives an interesting perspective on the changes in academic life in the second half of the 20th century," the reviewer writes.

--- Allyn Jackson