Woman in Science

Woman in Science
With an Introductory Chapter on Woman's Long Struggle for Things of the Mind

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Woman in Science by John Augustine Zahm

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1913

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423

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Woman in Science
With an Introductory Chapter on Woman's Long Struggle for Things of the Mind

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This covers not one woman and one science, on the contrary; this book is divided into chapters such as "Women in Mathematics", "Women in Astronomy", "Women in Physics", "Women in Chemistry" and "Women as Inventors".

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rt, or, at best, a companion ministering to his amusement and pleasure.

From the earliest times she was regarded as man's inferior and relegated to a subordinate position in society. She was, so it was averred, but a diminutive man--a kind of mean between the lord of creation and the rest of the animal kingdom. By some she was considered a kind of half man; by others, as was cynically asserted, she was looked upon as a mas occasionatus--a man marred in the making. She was, both mentally and physically, what Spencer would call a man whose evolution had been arrested, while man, as in the modern language of Darwin, was a woman, whose evolution had been completed.

When such views prevailed, it was inevitable that, so long as physical force was the force majeure, a woman should be relegated to the position of a slave or to that of "a mere glorified toy." Every man then said, in effect, if not in words, of the woman who happened to be in his power what Petruchio said of Katherine: