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Old 06-02-2016, 02:19 PM   #51
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Ironically many of those 'acceptable fields' were in core STEM Fields such as Mathematics, Statistics, Logic, Theoretical Physics etc. etc. etc. This is why women like Ada Lovelace, Edith Clarke, Grace Hopper, Katherine Johnson .. The team of female 'Computers' who programmed ENIAC... even had a foot in the door.

Fields which women have been pushed out of as they gained 'prestige'.

I hadn't thought of the early computer field - based on math - that way. Thanks for the reminder!

Crystallography was another field open to women - though after Watson and Crick, who relied on a woman cyrstallographer for their breakthrough but didn't acknowledgeher - that one got closed to women too.

I must admit, I was thinking even further back, my mother's time, when teaching, nutrition and nursing were the only 'acceptable' fields - and then, only until you got married!

WWII changed some of that attitude.
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:11 PM   #52
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WWII changed some of that attitude.
For a short time. Most women (especially middle class women) were sent back to the kitchen until the women's movement of the late 60s and 70s.
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For a short time. Most women (especially middle class women) were sent back to the kitchen until the women's movement of the late 60s and 70s.
You must have read The Feminine Mystique...
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You must have read The Feminine Mystique...
A very long time ago. More recently I read Susan Faludi's Backlash which covers a lot of the same topics.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backla...American_Women
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