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An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women in #Science @WomenShiftDigi @STEMettes @STEMWomen

Feeling understood is feeling loved. I have been conscious of the ‘heartbreaking inequalities’ ever since I entered the world of physicists at CERN, after I was not admitted to the Hahn-Meitner Institute because I was a girl…

Of course men didn’t like to be told by a woman what mistake they had made in their programming logic.

But it took me a while to discover that we are first and foremost ‘sex objects’, then mothers and housewives and, eventually, possibly, occasionally, partners as professional peers.

It is much more likely though that men will try to see what we’ve got under our kimono and steal it from us.

It is also much more likely that they set a whole patriarchal machinery of ‘authorities’ in motion to punish me for having exposed organised child abuse online than to use the same machinery for my innovation. After all, it’s Not Invented Here, in the old boys club where money circulates among a ‘mutual adoration society’, as my husband used to call it, for fame and fortune, not to empower women…

Hence I was DELIGHTED to have been sent the link to this review of Women in Science – 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world:

50 pioneers who seem to have a ‘catch’ in common:

When women finally began gaining wider access to higher education, there was usually a catch. Often they would be given no space to work, no funding, and no recognition.

Not allowed to enter the university building because of her gender, Lise Meitner did her radiochemistry experiments in a dank basement. Without funding for a lab, physicist and chemist Marie Curie handled dangerous radioactive elements in a tiny, dusty shed.

After making one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin still got little recognition, and for decades her gender limited her to work as a technical assistant.

Creativity, persistence, and a love of discovery were the greatest tools these women had.

The rest is faith in fate and trust in destiny.

2017 will become my Year of Breakthroughs. Our ‘Smart Knowledge Engine’ is in the birth canal and will be online soon!!!

Most ironically, I have been invited to write a proposal for automating the scanning of CCTV footage – for Police of all people. What a nice twist when persecutors become clients!

#WomenShiftDigital – from books to ‘data based science’ and ‘Cyber Arts’ ?!

I have been reading two remarkable books lately:

  • Pythagoras Trousers – God, Physics and the Gender War – a woman’s answer to WHY there are only 12% women are in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Siddharta – Hermann Hesse’s novel about the search for wisdom – another typically male example for teaching philosophy as if men were like women – and the only woman is a courtesane.

My software-aided thinking that led to creating three innovative software methods made me ask: why me? Why nobody before me? I came up with these explanations:

  1. If Einstein had had access to a computer, he would have found what I discovered thanks to my ‘software-aided thinking’: metrology is the missing link between mathematics and physics. He wrote: As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
  2. At CERN where I used to diagnose software, science starts with theories and experiments are carried out to prove them.
  3. Even in other sciences, men want to match their own models with their own data as proof.
  4. All our teaching is book-based. In Western languages that means reading from top left to bottom right as a ‘visual bias’ and linear expression of thought.
  5. We are living in a world where ‘power’ is defined by men who are in positions of power in organisations that run along male ideas.
  6. Academic and commercial culture foster competition rather than creativity.
  7. Money and funding are determined by men.
  8. Individuals don’t count.  Continue reading
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