History and Philosophy Of Science | Women and Science
X123 | 25595 | Andrew Fiss

Women in Science

This course will consider themes in the history of women and science
since 1850.  The course will be divided into chronological units to
cover specific topics (e.g. equal-rights feminism; the founding of
women’s colleges; the choice between marriage and career; the first
women to receive science PhDs; the post-World War 2 women’s
movement). But we will often discuss issues of women’s experiences
in twenty-first-century science classes and careers.  Much of the
course focuses on stories of individual women scientists – such as
Maria Mitchell (astronomy), Christine Ladd-Franklin (psychology),
Emmy Noether (mathematics), Ellen Swallow Richards (chemistry),
Marie Curie (physics), Rosalind Franklin (biochemistry), Mary Putnam
Jacobi (medicine), and “Amazing” Grace Hopper (computer
engineering).  We will consider them in the context of political –
especially feminist – movements in America and Europe, although
students may pursue non-Western issues in the final paper.  The last
section of this course will take up the broader themes of scientific
feminisms and feminist epistemology – new trends in the literature
on women and science.