Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Somewhat depressing... 

One of the women in my lab's daughter has to do a report on a famous American woman in history. Because we're mostly women scientists in the lab, we've been trying to come up with some famous American women scientists.

The list is less than impressive:

Rachel Carson - Ecologist, warned everyone about DTT in water, wrote "Silent Spring"

Barbara McClintock - discovered transposons in corn

Dian Fossey - studied gorillas, wrote "Gorillas in the Mist," killed by angry poachers

and...that's it. Now we've found lists of women physicians and mathmaticians of note...but they're not exactly famous. Ever heard of Charlotte Agnas Scott? No.

And all the women scientists who come to mind quickly (Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin...even Beatrix Potter - who was a mycologist) are not AMERICAN!

This is very depressing.