Women have long been underrepresented in the natural sciences, and although great progress has been made in recent decades, many subtle and not-so-subtle barriers persist. In this context, it is easy to get the impression that the early history of ecology and evolutionary biology was exclusively the domain of male researchers. In fact, a number of women made very substantial contributions to The American Naturalist in its first decades. In a follow-up to a series of retrospective essays celebrating 150 years of this journal, we highlight the scientific contributions of the women published in it during its first 50 years (1867–1916). We also discuss the diverse paths that their scientific careers took and the barriers they faced along the way.
- History of science
- Women in science
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics