- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (Oct. 4 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0773547991
- ISBN-13: 978-0773547995
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A delightful book in many ways, Smitten by Giraffe provides some much-needed, even rare, insights into the challenges of being a field scientist, and especially a female one. Readers will find this book rewarding, entertaining, and informative.” Holly Dressel, co-author of Good News for a Change
"In this plainspoken memoir, Canadian zoologist chronicles her unusual life as a citizen scientist” and the deeply ingrained sexism she experienced in academia. Rather than quietly giving up, Dagg chose to advocate for other women in academia and continue her own work as an independent scientist, doing research without academic affiliation or support. Dagg’s passionate engagement with the world shines through in all the experiences she recounts." Publishers Weekly
Smitten by Giraffe is very readable, even for those who don’t gravitate towards books about science. It can feel disjointed, jumping as it does from Dagg’s research to her feminist activism and back again, but it is a memoir, after all: life doesn’t move in a straight line, especially for trailblazers. Reading her life story begs the question: How many thousands of Canadian women scientists couldn’t persist as Dagg did? How many brilliant female scientists and engineers did we lose because they simply ran out of steam in the face of such dispiriting sexism? And how much poorer is our society, in terms of knowledge and innovation, because of it?” Montreal Review of Books
About the Author
Anne Innis Dagg is senior academic advisor in the Independent Studies Program at the University of Waterloo.