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Invisible Mother: Science and the Fair Sex — A Rare Books Virtual Lecture


The Rare Books Department invites you to view its virtual lecture, Invisible Mother: Science and the Fair Sex.

Women have been both subjects and practitioners of science for centuries, although recognition of their influence in these spheres has been limited. The books we consider in this lecture belie the belief that science was outside of the social norms of womanhood. Women have found a diversity of ways to engage in the production of knowledge. Their particular experiences have shaped and improved scientific practices and outcomes.

We look at books printed between the sixteenth and the 21st centuries, while we consider the role women have played in the advancement of science in Western Europe.

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