Herstory: An Exhibition

"...a valid choice for young women."

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Monique Frize
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Despite women's many successes in scientific fields, barriers to entry into nearly all branches of science have remained numerous. They range from personal choice for marriage and family--often still believed incompatible with a demanding career--to inadequate career counselling and poor teaching in the schools, to resistance from the professionals themselves. All too often, women who have found access have worked as volunteers or have remained nameless, shadowed by men whose work incorporated theirs. Women were believed generally unable to meet demanding physical standards or the performance levels of men already in place. It is due to pioneers like geologist Alice Wilson (Herstory 1974); graduate engineer Elsie MacGill (Herstory 1989); astrophysicist Jean Petrie (Herstory 1976); ornithologist Louise de Kiriline Lawrence (Herstory 1986) and others that women's presence in science has been recognized. More recent is the strong realization that women's participation is urgently needed.

Engineering means working with people, making decision and solving problems...a valid choice for young women.
(Monique Frize, 1990)

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