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  4 months ago

Let's talk about discrimination - can woman be a genius?

If I asked you now for a list of 10 women who were/are geniuses, would you be able to name them?
What id I asked you for list of men?

According to survey, 90% of Americans said that geniuses tend to be men.
When asked same question as I did above, the only female genius respondents could name was Marie Curie, the Noble prize-winning scientist who discovered radioactivity.

Although there are many female geniuses in human history, we tend to see only male as those who discover and invent.

This needs to be changed and it is our responsibility to make sure we
empower future women geniuses, we must see and nurture that potential in young girls of all backgrounds.

We need to teach our kids that not only men can be genius but women also. We need to stop telling girls their place is with kids at home.

And here is a list of few women worth remembering:
- Rosalind Franklin - known(or unknown) for her discoveries regarding the structure of DNA
- Augusta Ada King - mathematician who is considered the first computer programmer
- Hedy Lamarr - (with help of her friend composer George Antheil) developed a torpedo control system using radio waves
- Stephanie Louise Kwolek - chemist who invented Kevlar,a heat-resistant and strong synthetic fiber world cannot imagine to live without
- Margaret Knight - inventor of the flat-bottomed paper bag
- Mary Anderson - inventor of the windshield wipe
- Josephine Cochran - inventor of the automatic dishwasher
....and many more you can google ;)


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  4 months ago
Many female geniuses including Prof / Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell from Northern Ireland who discovered the pulsar, for which her thesis supervisor was awarded the Nobel Prize.


  4 months ago
It's because women scientists and inventors received much less publicity than men.


  4 months ago
For many years only men were properly educated in science ,astronomy ,physics ,so its no surprise .Also depends on what you call genius ,for me a genius is someone that is in college at 10 and has skills beyond their age .


  4 months ago
Good afternoon, doligd7! It is indeed correct that we have many female geniuses too, thank you for reminding us!


  4 months ago
First, in the discovery stakes for many years science, and higher learning itself for that matter, were largely male, usually monied, limited domains and this was also when major contributions to knowledge were, in a manner of speaking, easier because there was also so much unknown. Hence we don't actually see men solely as those who discover and invent there are simply many more men who have made major discoveries / contributions that are easily recalled. Furthermore, many go as unknown, for example, the inventor of the washing machine is probably as little known as the inventor of the dishwasher is and I personally wouldn't class either as a genius.
Genius is also something else, for instance, I'm not sure I'd call either Crick or Watson geniuses and I also can't come up with ten male names I'd consider geniuses in a true sense. It's not something you, either male or female, can be, you either have the potential or you don't although as far as I can tell the chance of either a male or female having genius potential is the same. However, rather than pursuing the rare field of genius it's probably simpler to let all kids know there are many things they can do if it interests them, and they have an aptitude for it. Luckily the days of telling girls their place is in the home are largely long gone from the developed world, although many actually choose that anyway. I don't think our problem is opportunity but an en vogue unrealistic expectation for rigid equal distribution across STEM, and the notion that the male tilted historical list of major scientific discovery is some discriminatory outrage to be redressed rather than just how it panned out.
Incidentally, Rosalind Franklin was just a step, an important one but a step nonetheless and she herself building on Maurice Wilkins' work, and that's why Crick and Watson got the Nobel in 62 because they put it all together with the double helix structure of DNA. Most Nobel winners draw on all previous related knowledge and even though they couldn't make the breakthrough without that knowledge it's still only those making the breakthrough that get the big accolade, and thus remembered. Furthermore, those who complain about Franklin being forgotten kinda do exactly the same for her male post-grad, Raymond Gosling, who was the person to actually take the famed picture.

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