7 comments on “What I See? Part 2

  1. I honestly didn’t realise it was so few. ‘Why so few?’
    One of the ongoing problems which links this and your previous article, is how credit is given to scientific progress. Imposter syndrome still has a very real impact on women hoping to progress within science now, partly because our culture generally does not encourage self-publicity, even when it’s completely justified. An old school example of this is Florence Nightingale. While she is revered for her work in reforming medical practices; what is less well known is how talented she was at mathematics, using statistics to report on the medical care (she has her own diagram!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale#Statistics_and_sanitary_reform. Resultant message being – it’s OK for a woman to dabble in the caring professions but we’ll brush over her scientific contributions.

    So while we’re looking in the mirror, and seeing the good stuff, the next step is to all get better at talking about what we’ve achieved (collectively and individually). And I think a blog is a fantastic way to get started.

  2. I love the image (or lack thereof) as the ‘baddies’ as vampires. They are that, aren’t they? 😉

    I’m embarrassed to say I wasn’t aware of some of the more recent Giantesses (now am rectifying)!

  3. One thing that jumps out at me from even that very short list of female Noble Prize winners is that eight of the last nine are in Medicine – and you could also argue that Ada Yonath’s work is more relevant to medicine than any other field (and since this is a science-oriented blog, we won’t even go into the complete absence of winners in Economics, Literature or Peace for now…). This bias towards medicine seems to tie up with what we see in everyday life – female doctors are commonplace and accepted as the norm, but a woman saying she’s an engineer, chemist or a physicist still raises eyebrows. There has been substantial debate over the years regarding Rosalind Franklin’s contribution to science and subsequent lack of recognition, for example, but I suspect there are plenty of other less well-known stories.

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