Todays talk by the museum curators gave me a massive insight into what goes on behind the scenes in museums and the important roles of learning officers.
The one part of the talk, which really grabbed my attention, was when the ‘International Women’s Day’ exhibition at the Discovery Museum was mentioned. The fact we need an exhibition to remember/celebrate female scientists made me think how badly women are under-recognized and unappreciated within the world of science. The fact that ‘in the UK men are six times more likely to be employed in science’ is staggering.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from a ‘woman’s rights fighter’ but I think it is unfair that scientists have this stereotypical view of being male, which makes me raise the question, how did this stereotype come about? Are the media to blame? Take the American sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for example, about two physicists who are geeky MALES! I guess that answers my question.
Looking at the top 10 most historic male scientists and female scientists, it didn’t surprise me that I knew more of the males! I can’t seem to put my finger on why, is it because males made more groundbreaking discoveries? I beg to differ… looking at the example of Watson and Crick’s discovery of DNA; I found this would never have happened if it wasn’t for Rosalind Franklin’s (FEMALE) x-ray crystallography work!