Lady Science no. 54
To Respect a Ghost: Remembering Women Pioneers as They Wanted by Caroline Cook
Remembering the Women of the Mathematical Tables Project by Joy Lisi Rankin
In this issue, Chris ChoGlueck writes about Gaylord Nelson’s 1970 Congressional hearings to determine the safety of oral contraception and how women’s expertise about was both exploited and demeaned in order to deem the Pill safe. Caroline Cook explores how the constructed legacy of prominent women scientists sometimes goes against their conceptions of themselves with the case of Hannah Thompson Croasdale. Lastly, Joy Rankin remembers the work of the women of the 1930s Mathematical Tables Project, a large-scale project of human computers who modeled methods that are integral to contemporary digital computing.
This issue is published in syndication with The New Inquiry.
Banner image: Model of a contraceptive pill, Europe, c. 1970. Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons