Invisible women of NZ's scientific history

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The contribution of women in the history of New Zealand science has been camouflaged because none were consulted by the men writing those histories, according to Kate Hannah from Te Pūnaha Matatini. Not only were they shut out of advancing within their fields at the time, for instance as "female guests were not given speaking rights at meetings", but through who has been chosen to chronicle the past, they've also been shut out of our history, writes the author. The article was written for a special journal issue about Finding New Zealand’s Scientific Heritage.

Journal/conference: Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Organisation/s: Te Pūnaha Matatini

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From: Te Pūnaha Matatini

Finding Matilda: deconstructing women’s invisibility in Finding New Zealand’s Scientific Heritage

The history of science in New Zealand, which has focused on the establishment of New Zealand’s scientific infrastructure, and is often written by scientists who have been participants in the events or organisations they are writing about, has tended towards histories that leave out the contributions of women to science in New Zealand. Exploring other methods of historical research and writing could develop a more equitable and more representative understanding of the history of science in New Zealand, and contribute internationally to novel ways of understanding the past.


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