Ladies in the Laboratory: A Brief History of U.S. Women in Science

Why has science historically been so dominated by men? And why is this still true for many STEM fields today? This talk includes a fast-paced dive into the history of women in science in the United States. We will start with colonial America and move through to the present day as we discuss notable women in science, why some sciences are more “masculine” or “feminine” than others, how gender has shaped the boundary between scientists and non-scientists, and what the heck home economics has to do with any of it. Hosted by Science on Tap Philadelphia.

Bridging Physics and the Household: Madalyn Avery’s Career at K-State, 2019 Ernest Fox Nichols Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Physics at Kansas State University

This talk concerns the largely forgotten history of Madalyn Avery and the field of household physics. Avery, a graduate of K-State and professor in the physics department for many decades, earned her BS in General Science in 1924 and her MS in Physics in 1932, when K-State was the Kansas College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Avery built her career working at the border of applied physics and home economics. Like many women of her generation who were trained in science, she found greater acceptance and respectable employment by concentrating on scientific problems traditionally associated with women. Although Avery is not well known today, she was the author of the highly influential textbook Household Physics which was used in over a hundred colleges and universities around the world. This talk will detail how Madalyn Avery taught generations of K-State students to apply their physics knowledge to problems of the household.

Hosted by the Kansas State University Department of Physics.

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