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Sally Gregory Kohlstedt on the rise of women in science

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sally600.jpgI attended a lecture by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt titled “Uncovering the past, charting the future: the rise of women in science.” A few points she made that stuck with me:

  • History writing is entwined with history making

  • The concept of “compensatory history” – seeking out women to study

  • The role of “collaborative couples” – how being married to a scientist gained female scientists access to resources

  • Yes, Marie Curie was amazing, but focusing too much on well-known women like Curie overshadows the work of ordinary women in higher education science.

  • The “leaky pipeline” – women drop off as you move to higher and higher degrees

  • Research has shown that fathers make a big difference in encouraging daughters to pursue science.