Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World by Rachel Swaby

By Rachel Swaby

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history's brightest girl scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times released an obituary for Yvonne Brill. it all started: "She made an average red meat stroganoff, her husband from activity to task, and took 8 years off from paintings to elevate 3 children." It wasn't till the second one paragraph that readers found why the Times had committed a number of hundred phrases to her existence: Brill was once an excellent rocket scientist who invented a propulsion procedure to maintain communications satellites in orbit, and had lately been offered the nationwide Medal of know-how and Innovation. one of the questions the obituary--and consequent outcry--prompted have been, who're the position versions for today's woman scientists, and the place do we locate the tales that solid them of their precise gentle?

Headstrong gives you a robust, worldwide, and fascinating reaction. masking Nobel Prize winners and significant innovators, in addition to lesser-known yet highly major scientists who impact our each day, Rachel Swaby's vivid profiles span centuries of brave thinkers and illustrate how each one one's principles built, from their first second of medical engagement throughout the study and discovery for which they're top recognized. This interesting travel finds those fifty two ladies at their best--while encouraging and encouraging a brand new new release of women to place on their lab coats.

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There now, you know what I feel! Teaching, before dependence, death before teaching. 5 The American Civil War changed Sarah Morgan’s life forever. The ex- Sarah Morgan and the Post–Civil War Domestic Ideal 39 tent to which the war can be regarded as a “watershed” for elite women has preoccupied historians, particularly since the publication of Anne Firor Scott’s pioneering work on the southern lady. ” Recent scholarship has revised this interpretation and suggests that the wartime experiences of elite southern women led them to “invent new selves designed in large measure to resist change” rather than to embrace it.

32, 33). See also Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs, 330–1. 44. For an insightful account of Byrd’s emotional detachment from his family, see Zuckerman, “William Byrd’s Family,” 255–311. Zuckerman attributes Byrd’s “elemental emotional insufficiency” to a premodern sensibility regarding family life versus the life of the larger community and distinguishes between his behavior in Virginia and in England. 45. Wright and Tinling, Secret Diary, 90 (October 6, 1709), 247 (October 23, 1710), 250 (October 29, 1710), 425 (October 20, 1711).

She sighed as she watched for the Yankees. “How can I help but cry at leaving you forever? ”3 For Sarah Morgan, and for all southerners, the household stood at the center of their antebellum world. It defined identity by reflecting status according to race, class, gender, and age. It set out reciprocal obligations between masters and slaves, husbands and wives, and parents and children. It defined the tasks and responsibilities allotted to different members of the household, and regulated the expression of power through this organizational structure.

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