Path to Science
Holding the knife's edge: Journeys of black female scientists
To be born in a developing country is like competing in a race with your arms tied behind your back. To be born a female is to compete with your arms tied behind your back and blindfolded. An African child faces many barriers to education, health and social welfare. Yet, despite all these hurdles, some children grow up to become industry leaders in fields that seemed beyond reach in their childhood.
Authors Thato Motlhalamme and Evodia Setati follow the journeys of 14 award-winning and pioneering black women in Science, from their childhoods and education to their arrival in the upper echelons of various organisations, achieved through innovation, academic excellence, social intelligence, authentic leadership and tenacity. The humble rural beginnings of some of these women did not limit intellectual growth, but rather stimulated creative, out-of-the-box thinking, which has served them well in their respective industries and businesses.
These remarkable stories tell of a deep hunger for knowledge, a determination and commitment to succeed, and a work ethic that ensures success. The book includes full colour profile illustrations and tips for success for those who dream of following a career in the sciences. Contributors include: Mamokgethi Phakeng, Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Vhonani Netshandama, Nomusa Dlamini, Tebello Nyokong, Patience Mthunzi-Kufa, Mmantsae Diale, Rapela Maphanga, Muthoni Masinde, Nox Makunga, Nolwazi Mkize, Ncoza Dlova, Refilwe Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya and Salome Maswime.