Royal Society hosts event to redress online encyclopaedia's gender imbalance.
To get to the library of the Royal Society in London is to run the gauntlet of male history. The staircase up to the room is flanked by statuettes of men, predominantly Isaac Newton, and artefacts bearing their faces. It is overlooked by a huge plaque listing the 61 presidents of the Royal Society — all men. The library itself is ringed by ten busts of famous scientists; the only female face among them is nineteenth-century Scottish mathematician, astronomer and science writer Mary Somerville.(Read more...)