Women's History Month: Women, science, past and present

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Strange news from Waterloo where Marie Curie is being used as a symbol of the dangers of learned women.  Here’s a thorough post on the issue from Christine Cheng, Bennett Boskey Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Exeter College, University of Oxford and Doctoral candidate who does fascinating work on post conflict societies and natural resource struggles (focus on Liberia).  She is a UWaterloo grad. She says:

There is also a larger social and historical context to this story that should not be forgotten. Twenty-two years ago, on December 6th, 1989, Marc Lépine, walked into the École Polytechnique (part of the engineering school at the Université de Montréal), then shot and killed fourteen female students, and wounded ten other women and four men. If you read the coroner’s report about how the men and women were systematically separated before the women were all shot in the name of feminism, or watch Denis Villeneuve’s film Polytechnique about the Montreal Massacre, a chill will run down your spine. This event casts a long shadow over incidents like those at UW.

Thanks to Anita H. at Osgoode for the tip on Curie.

And, from Rinku Sen at Colourlines, a book post on three women’s history books.  I just had opportunity to read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it is mindblowing in many ways. So many layers of history intertwined, melding the micro and the macro in a unique way, no surprise it won so much acclaim. I haven’t read the others. Got other books to suggest? Maybe for my fantasy IFLS book club (not the genre – i just mean at the moment the club is a fantasy).

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