The Matilda effect is an effect named for Matilda Joslyn Gage that describes how woman scientist’s discoveries and contributions receive less attention then their male counterparts, are forgotten, or are erroneously assigned to a different male scientist.
"Before Ira Glass, before Terry Gross, before any number of NPR personalities and internet podcasters who these days bring us interview after fascinating interview with the great minds of our time, there was Studs Terkel. In addition to his almost superhuman achievements as an oral historian, film and TV actor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Terkel pioneered the radio interview with his Chicago radio show, which ran for over four decades. “With no written questions,” an NPR eulogy tells us, Terkel would “pick up a riff and improvise.” In 1960, he brought his jazz-like improvisational style to Paris, to the apartment of existentialist philosopher and novelist Simone de Beauvoir."
"When I started my career in the world of global development some twenty odd years ago, a number of female leaders inspired me. Rachel Carson had left an epic legacy with her book ‘Silent Spring; Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, had won a Nobel Peace Prize and Jane Goodall was reminding us all of nature conservation causes."
The Feminist Library in south London claims it faces "homelessness" if Southwark Council follows through with a plan to double its rent.
Campaigners say the library, a wide-ranging archive of feminist literature which has been located on Westminster Bridge Road for 30 years, will be forced to close down on March 1 unless it agrees to pay an increased rent from £12,000 to £30,000 a year.
The move has sparked a campaign to fight the decision, with a special appeal established for supporters to donate to an emergency fund.
There is no shortage of analysis on the post-Brexit fallout but, following a trend established in the referendum campaign, issues of gender are remarkably absent. Indeed, women’s voices are rare in the debate regardless of their position.
"Arab gender research has seen a breakthrough and today almost all universities have their own centres for women’s studies or gender studies. An Arab-Nordic project has strengthened the connection between researchers in the two regions."
"More than 130 museum professionals crammed into the Imperial War Museum’s auditorium recently to discuss power, patriarchy and gender politics in the sector. The event, entitled Space Invaders: Women Museum Leaders, looked to kickstart a public debate about the lack of gender equality in museum leadership."
"The Labour party has announced that as part of its election manifesto it will include a commitment to remove from the Irish Constitution language which prioritises a woman’s domestic role over her career.
"A high court judge has ruled that Northern Ireland’s almost outright ban on abortion breaches the human rights of women and girls, including rape victims.
The historic judgment, delivered in Belfast on Monday, could lead to women and girls who are the victims of rape and incest as well those suffering from fatal foetal abnormalities having terminations in Northern Irish hospitals."
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