Women Geologists on a Rocky Road

15 02 2009

Florence Bascom was the first woman geologist hired by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1896. It was rare for a woman to become a field geologist. Medora Hooper Krieger followed in the footsteps of Bascom, joining the USGS in 1944, and was an inspiration to other women geologists of her time. By 1952, only 2 percent of the geoscience workforce in the USGS was female and only a handful were field geologists. By 2004, the numbers increased to 20 percent. (Source: USGS EEO office.)

Medora Hooper Krieger’s daughter recounts her mother’s career as a groundbreaking (in more ways than one) geologist.  Intrigued? You can read the entire article at The Daily Courier of Prescott, AZ.

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