History class tells stories of forgotten women scientists


Women have actively studied and advanced science for centuries, but their stories have remained largely unknown. Look up a scientist on Wikipedia – beyond the Marie Curie and Jane Goodalls of the world – and chances are you will find few, if any information.

“When you discover the number of women who have often been erased, underestimated, deleted from the file, recorded only by their last name or hidden behind the name of a male colleague, you realize how many there were,” explains the story Professor Catherine McNeur.

McNeur and the students in her History of Science class last fall sought to combat the erasure of women scientists by highlighting some of their stories. The class worked with Education Wiki to write new Wikipedia articles or significantly edit existing articles on American women scientists Helen S. Mitchell to the computer programmer Margaret helen harper. After receiving extensive training on how to make effective and meaningful contributions to the crowdsourced online encyclopedia, the students used digitized resources from the PSU library to delve into the lives of these women and write articles. well cited …

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