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Margaret Mead

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American anthropologist, member of the Club of Dreamers (Dream by Susan V. Bosak).

Mead studied different people and cultures.

She was particularly interested in how parents in different cultures
raise their children. She challenged the conventions of Western society with her book Coming of Age in Samoa. She argued that personality characteristics, particularly differences between men and women, are shaped largely by culture rather than heredity.

She had a strong personality and spoke out on issues ranging from pollution to drug abuse to world hunger.

Said Margaret Mead:

"I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings."

"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."

"We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a lifestyle that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world."

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."

Recommended Reading:

Margaret Mead by Liza N. Burby. PowerKids Press, 1997. A look at the life and work of the noted anthropologist and her accomplishments in the field.

Margaret Mead by Geoffrey M. Horn. World Almanac Library, 2004. Part of the Trailblazers of the Modern World series, this book looks at the life of a woman who changed the face of anthropology.

Margaret Mead by Rafael Tilton. Lucent, 1994. A discussion of the scientist's life and important contributions to anthropology.

Margaret Mead: The World Was Her Family by Susan Saunders. Puffin, 1988. Examines the life of the pioneer anthropologist who popularized the field and used her ideas to promote world unity and peace.

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