SWINY (Science Writers in New York)
NY Metro AWIS (Association for Women in Science)
are pleased to co-sponsor
A Window into Science/A Window into Book Authoring:
A Conversation with
Historian Julie Des Jardins, Author of
The Madame Curie Complex
DATE: June 22
TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., talk starts at 6:30 sharp
PLACE: 3 Park Avenue (on the southeast corner of 34th St and Park), 22nd Floor*
What do Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock and industrial psychologist/designer Lillian Gilbreth (the mother in Cheaper by the Dozen) have in common?
Both women rose to the top of their professions and each landed on a postage stamp. (No small feat!) But did common traits help them succeed?
To find out, historian and author Julie Des Jardins went looking for women scientists whose professional herstories would provide “great lenses into the gender of science.”
She focused on Marie Curie’s “scientific daughters” – as well as Curie herself. The recently published result: The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science. Des Jardins tells how a diverse range of ground-breaking women scientists have pursued their passions since 1900, often in the face of gender-related barriers.
Her profiles open a window into diverse 20th century scientific cultures, from the hyper-masculine era of the Manhattan Project, where participating women were virtually invisible, to today’s female-dominated field of primatology. For SWINY, Des Jardins will share highlights of these stories – as well as the complexities of crafting a book-length gallery of unique women scientists.
Join us for a conversation with Julie Des Jardins, Professor of History at Baruch College. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event and Julie will sign autographs after her presentation.
*Headquarters of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Lillian Gilbreth was the first woman member of ASME. Light refreshments will be served.
Light refreshments will be served.
Admission is free for SWINY and for AWIS members; $5 for non-members.
(Membership in SWINY is just $20, so join now and waive the entrance fee.)