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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Marie Curie and Women in Science

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Curies:

Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor of Clare College, University of Cambridge: She's an appalling role model for women who want to go into Science, because she - the way she's been set up, she absolutely confirms that, that wrong notion that you can't be a normal woman and a good scientist and she, she is, she confirms the stereotype: if you're a woman you have to be really eccentric and strange, and I dislike that

One of the men: Very few Great Scientists are Normal People...

Well, my reading of the history actually I have to say, Patricia, is very different. I think Mary is amazing in that she was a normal person. You know, she had a family, she was a loving mother. To be fair, she did other things, and she was a Great Scientist.

So only the Right kinds of women can be celebrated.
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