The Madame Curie Complex

The Madame Curie Complex

The Hidden History of Women in Science

By Julie Des Jardins

Feminist Press, Paperback, 9781558616134, 312pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2010

Description

Why are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? "The Madame Curie Complex" moves beyond the most common explanations limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women's contributions to the sciences. Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson, and the women of the Manhattan Project, Julie Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure, and experience of the work. With lively anecdotes and vivid detail, "The Madame Curie Complex" reveals how women scientists have often asked different questions, used different methods, come up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world, and how they have forever transformed a scientist's role.

Julie Des Jardins, the author of "Women and the Historical Enterprise in America," is a professor of history at Baruch College, CUNY.



About the Author
Julie Des Jardins is assistant professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York.