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Darwin-L Message Log 6:65 (February 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<6:65>From bsinger@eniac.seas.upenn.edu  Sat Feb 12 16:04:47 1994

From: bsinger@eniac.seas.upenn.edu (Bayla Singer)
Subject: Re: Popular science and 19th century women
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 94 17:04:17 EST

There have been several worthwhile studies of ninteenth-century British
uppre and upper-middle-class households, in which mothers served as the
introduction for their children to 'natural science.'  Sometimes wives
'helped' their husbands in the latter's scientific work, as well.  I'd
really have to go digging to find the citations/references, but if you ask
this question over on htech-l@sivm.si.edu, you're liable to hit some
historians of science as well.

Pressing flowers, of course, is girls' work, while snagging birds' eggs is
boys' work. :-)

--bayla   bsinger@eniac.seas.upenn.edu

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