Continuing with the amazing discussions on feminism that have happened in the blogosphere this month, I wanted to direct everyone to the most amazing and comprehensive list of female science writers.
While not directly related to fashion (as most of the post so far have been), these women are working in an incredibly important junction of feminism: the intersection of women and science. Science is traditionally a men’s discipline, and the struggles of women in scientific research and academia are nothing new.
But scientific journalism is another field where women are fighting to make themselves heard (or read) and gain equal footing. The most famous scientific journalists are men (Carl Zimmer, David Quammen, David Attenborough, etc.) and, while they are absolutely worth reading, some of the most compelling, provocative, and informative writing is coming from women.
As an aspiring scientific writer, I want as many people to be reading as much science as possible. And even if you don’t think of yourself as a science nerd, this is some of the best journalism out there, and knowing more about the world around you is never a bad thing.
Here are some recent excellent posts to get you started:
- In Which We Learn That It Is Unwise to Drink and Handle Snakes
- Why Small Children are Colorblind
- The Book Surgeon
- The Cuban Mini-Frog Will Kill You
And, for the record, Ann Coulter is not a science writer. Even if she did write (badly. So badly! Bad Ann!) about the radiation in Japan…