Role of Women During Scientific Revolution

Topics: Science, Woman, Gender Pages: 2 (763 words) Published: February 8, 2009
The Role of Women During the Scientific Revolution
During the Scientific Revolution women decided they were going to erupt from the tradition of being housewives and study science, literature, and astronomy even if men and other women would shun upon them. From the 1600s to the 1700s women attempted to make a break through, some women neglected house worthy chores, personal appearance, and more so that they could study. Although some women did all of these "chores and duties" and still had time to learn about science and other fields. Many men and women believed that women shouldn't research science because it is unwomanly like and that they belong in the kitchen. Johann Eberti a german astronomer said about Marie Cunitz in 1650, "She was so deeply engaged in astronomical speculation that she neglected her household. The daylight hours she spent, for the most part, in bed because she had tired herself from watching the stars at night." This man is very sexist and thinks that it is a women's job to take care of the household yet the man has just as large as a role as she does. Johann Jablonski secretary of the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1710 wrote this letter to the Academy president opposing Maria Winkelmann's application for membership, "I do not believe that Marie Winkelmann should continue to work on our official calender of observations. It simply will not do. Even before her husband's death, the Academy was ridiculed because its calender was prepared by a woman. If she were to be kept on in such a capacity, mouths would gape even wider." Seeing that she was a women she was shunned upon and people did not want her working on the calender because they would be ridiculed if it were written by a women because this was not the proper job for a woman. If a man wrote the same thing not a word would have been said which is ridiculous. Nevertheless Gottfried Kirch a German Astronomer, Husband of Marie Winkelmann said in 1680, "Early in the morning (about 2:00...
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