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Stargazers, Part 1


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Women have been making critical contributions to the field of astronomy since ancient times, but once it became professionalized in the modern era, many women were shoved aside. Cristen and Caroline look at astronomy's evolution and share the contributions of some of the stargazing pioneers.

Episode Sources:

"The History of Astronomy" http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/history.php

"Astrology vs Astronomy: What's the difference?" http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/whats-difference-astrology-vs-astronomy/

"Hypatia of Alexandria" http://www.sheisanastronomer.org/index.php/history/hypatia-of-alexandria

"Caroline Lucretia Herschel" http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/caroline-herschel

"About Mariah Mitchell" http://www.mariamitchell.org/about/about-maria-mitchell

Academic Insights:

"Women in Science: 5000 Years of Obstacles and Achievements." Patsy Ann Giese. Sociology, History and Philosophy in Science Teaching. October 1993. http://www1.umn.edu/ships/gender/giese.htm

"Women in the History of Variable Star Astronomy." Dorrit Hoffleit. 1993. http://www.aavso.org/files/publications_files/paper.pdf

"Gender and Science: Women in American Astronomy, 1859-1940." John Lankford and Rickey L. Slavings. Physics Today. March 1990. http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/43/3/10.1063/1.881229

Topics in this Podcast: science, history, STEM, women in stem, Workplace


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