matilda effect

Don’t forget Rosalind Franklin, Esther Lederberg, Chien-Shiung Wu, Trotula, Marietta Blau, Ida Noddack, Emmy Noether, Beatrix Potter (yes, as in the woman who wrote “Peter Rabbit”), and hundreds more! Misogyny in the scientific realm is so prevalent that there is even a name for it: the “Matilda Effect”.

And as a scientist, feminist, and activist, I’m doing everything in my power to stop it!

3rd (and final) that parenting thing…
“I was massively into Roald Dahl, but wasn’t everyone? The book Matilda had a huge effect on me: she loves books and is able to sort shit out. This idea that a child with an active imagination, engaged with reading and libraries, is a good thing. She’s much younger than most superheroes, and really like books. If you like books and you’re young then that’s the one to read.”

Dan Stevens, The Happy Reader, Winter 2014, penguin, p26.

He loves books, reading, imagination, and his children… this makes me happy!

The Matilda effect is the systematic repression and denial of the contribution of women scientists in research, whose work is often attributed to their male colleagues. This effect was first described in 1993 by science historian Margaret W. Rossiter. It is named after the U.S. women’s rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, who first observed this phenomenon at the end of the 19th century. (from Wikipedia)