Originally posted by sonhouse
No argument there! I am very secure, Hypatia I think (and a lot of others too) think she should have been included in the Nobel prize.
Rosalind Franklin was ineligible for the 1962 Nobel Prize (awarded to Francis Crick and
James Watson) because she had died in 1958, and the Nobel Prize cannot be awarded posthumously.
Like many women in science, she had to choose, in effect, between establishing her
career or a more 'normal' life with marriage and children. Rosalind Franklin's not known
to have had any physically intimate relationship with a man, though there were a few men
to whom she reportedly was much attracted.
I wish that Chien-Shiung Wu had been awarded a share of the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics
along with Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang (the first Chinese to win a Nobel Prize in science)
because her experimental work was essential in confirming their hypothesis that parity
was *not* conserved in weak nuclear interactions--a revolutionary result at that time.
There evidently was bias against her for being an experimental physicist (Lee and Yang
were theoretical physicists) as well as a woman. It was not until 1975 that Columbia
University raised her salary to make it equal that of its male professors of the same rank.
For whatever it's worth, one woman (who earned a graduate degree in chemistry when
that was unusual for a woman) in my family recently advised me that I should become
more assertive. She said, "You won't get anywhere if you try to agree with everyone!"
I already knew that, but women tend to be condemned for not always trying to be agreeable.