I like the Thomas Paine idea—but how about a sculpture that incorporates both men and women?
That’s actually a great idea; people don’t have a mental picture of a woman atheist and they need one. Any candidates you like? Margret Sanger, Emily Dickinson, etc? There’s plenty, but many people aren’t taught that women are just as capable of free thought as men!
These comments got me to thinking and looking stuff up on the web. Now for starters I’ve always thought that a good mother is one of our most under appreciated treasures. But, beyond that the amount of forgotten important history impacting women always amazes me.
Hell from what I understand Einstein’s first wife was a working partner without whom it’s questionable he could have fully formulated his revolutionary ideas, only to get swept under the rug so to speak as his reputation skyrocketed.
Here’s a few links to many interesting forgotten stories:
“An archive presenting and documenting some important and original contributions made before 1976 by 20th century women.”
A few oldies but goldies
Trotula of Salerno is considered the world’s first gynecologist. She lived in Salerno, Italy in the 11th century. At the School of Salerno, women were welcomed as students and instructors. She was known for teaching men about women’s health and is most well-known for writing the book The Diseases of Women. Learn more about Trotula of Salerno.
The first woman scientist whose writings still exist is Hildegard of Bingen. She lived between 1098 and 1179. She wrote botanical and medicinal texts, describing the natural world around her, including animals, plants, stones, and minerals. Learn more about Hildegard of Bingen.
The first woman doctor in the United States was Elizabeth Blackwell. She was a pioneer in educating women in medicine. She was an outcast in medical school and was even rejected after graduating. In 1851, she was refused lodging and office space to open an office, and she had to buy a house in order to practice medicine. In 1868, she opened a women’s medical college with her sister. Learn more about Elizabeth Blackwell.
Despite a system that feared and often despised them, they persevered and we should all be grateful for it.
“Women’s Intellectual Contributions to the Study of Mind and Society.”
Women such as Christine Ladd-Franklin, Ruth Fulton Benedict, and Ida B. Wells have traditionally been omitted from the histories of their disciplines. This webpage is designed to re-place women into the history of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and social work. Students, as part of an advanced seminar, examined and wrote about the lives of these women, their intellectual contributions, and the unique impact and special problems that being female had on their careers. This webpage represents the culmination of these students’ work.
Society of Experimental Psychology - Women were not admitted until after the death of the Society’s founder, E. B. Titchener, in 1929.
Doing their part to change the world - I notice not too many war mongers among this crowd… interesting.
300 Women Who Changed the World