Surprise - you get a bonus episode! While the Femmes of STEM examines science and science history through a feminist lens, there's another framework near and dear to my queer, brown heart: postcolonial studies! How do postcolonialism and science intersect? Very deeply, it turns out. So in this bonus episode of the podcast, instead of our usual feature on a historical woman in science, we deviate from format to talk theory with Alexis Takahashi of the Free Radicals Collective. Let's get to it!
Maria Sibylla Merian was a 17th century middle class woman who studied bugs (and stuff) at a time when butterflies were considered demonic creatures and beetles were believed to spontaneously appear from the ground. Her fascination with bugs began at an early age (she had her very own silkworm farm at age 13!) and would be the subject of her painting, writing, and lifelong studies.
If a proper young lady being interested in hell bugs doesn't catch your attention, stay for the dirt on her stint in a 17th century hippie commune and her unchaperoned (GASP) transatlantic travels!
Mary Anning is a 19th century paleontologist responsible for the discovery of Dino-Age creatures such as ichthyosaurs, pleisosaurs, and pterosaurs. She hung out with and provided invaluable fossil specimens to classic White Dude Scientists like Georges Cuvier & Richard Owen, but despite her discoveries, Mary Anning didn't get sh*t. Meaghan Emery-Wetherell and Amy Atwater consider themselves her revenge - by running the super funny, super NSFW blog Mary Anning's Revenge.
Join us to learn about Mary's life, Amy's nose, Meaghan's indifference to humans, & why the ever-constant title of "woman scientist" v plain ole "scientist" can be both empowering and problematic.
Roger Arliner Young was an early 20th century american biologist. She is best known for being the first African American woman to earn a PhD in zoology - but her story is often presented as a sad, one sided cautionary tale.
Join your host, Michelle Barboza-Ramirez, and guest Melissa Cristina Marquez, as they shut down this false narrative and tell you the whole story.
On today's episode, we talk about engineering + entrepreneurship! Beatrice Hicks was a 20th century American engineer, businesswoman, and founder of the Society of Women Engineers. Erin Winick, modern day mechanical engineer, CEO and founder of the Sci Chic STEM jewerly company, and proud member of the modern Society of Women Engineers joins us.