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February 9, 2000

Science and FeminismHas Feminism Changed Science?

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(6):807-808. doi:10.1001/jama.283.6.807

The newest book by Penn State historian Londa Schiebinger has attracted the popular press ("From Both Sides Now," Newsweek, June 14, 1999) with the bold and controversial question: has feminism changed science? Schiebinger (author of The Mind Has No Sex? and Nature's Body) deserves praise for her ambition in addressing the question head-on, balancing the implicit criticism of sexism in science with the history of recent equity efforts to open science to everyone and to make science more accurate. But one book can only begin to map the complex geography that has been carved out and explored by feminist historians, scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and philosophers. Has Feminism Changed Science? is a useful introduction to feminist insights about how Western science became gender-biased (that is, biased in favor of males and maleness) in structure and substance and how those biases are, in part, being corrected.

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