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New at Rosetta Stones: Wherein I Introduce Our Series on Women in the Geosciences.

And ’tis an awesome introduction. You should totally check it out. Here’s a taste to whet your appetite (or possibly apatite. Ha):

Geology has many fathers, and we know them well. But few of us can name its mothers. Mothers who sacrificed far more than most of the men did – many women could only succeed in the geosciences if they remained unmarried and childless (and some organizations, like the British Geological Survey, made that a formal requirement). They fought discrimination and doubt. They worked hard for a fraction of the recognition their male colleagues got. Despite all the decks stacked against them, they made important contributions to our knowledge of the world. Forgetting the women who left us geoscience legacies is intolerable. We need to remember.

Read the rest. And stay tuned: tomorrow, we get our first profile. Huzzah! I think you’ll love her as much as I do.

Comments

  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Does astronomy count as among the geosciences when its planetary astronomy?

    If so, may I suggest exoplanet hunters Sarah Seager & Debra Fischer plus Heidi Hammel & Dorothea Klumpke who defeated fifty men to become director of the Bureau of Measurements at the Paris Observatory and who was chosen by other astronomers (& chose herself I presume) to fly in a balloon to witness the 1899 Leonid meteor shower among other things.

    I could also name Emily Lakdawalla and many others too ..

    (Plus can also think of a few mothers of Palaeontology and vulcanology as well although not sure whether I could accurately spell their names from memory.)

  2. rq says

    You know, I think I’m a little too excited for this series. Because I’m seriously excited for it. Because… you know: Women. Science. Contribute. Not a new thing.
    (So why does it feel like one? And why am I always surprised to find out there have always been women in [scientific field]? Why is it still a source of true and undiluted amazement? And – why does that amazement seem justified, yet at the same time, completely unnecessary? Either we’re amazed at everyone’s contributions, or we’re equally blase about them – so should it be. And yet it’s not… How can half the world’s population just be erased like that?? Seriously. HOW? [/rant]