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- October 24, 1994
Julianne M. Williams '94:
The Carleton Geology Department has a reputation as being one of the best geology programs in the country. The department prides itself on the high number of women geologists it produces. Is this perceived success real, and if so, what are the reasons for this success?
This paper explores some of the reasons why the Carleton geology department continues to graduate a high percentage of female majors. I interviewed ten women geology majors in their junior and senior years with a list of questions about the factors that influenced their decisions in becoming geology majors. The women were selected unscientifically from those whom I found frequently in the geology labs in Mudd Hall. The information presented here is a combination of my own personal observations, the results of research into existing literature, and the interviews.