Great female minds who got ripped off by men.

From this tumblr post:

Ada Lovelace- Founder of scientific computing, the worlds first computer programmer. Modern computers as we know them wouldnt exist without her innovations.

Queen Seondeok of Silla- Silla was one of the three kingdoms in Korea’s Three Kingdom period and Seondeok was its first reigning Queen. She is well known for setting up the first astronomy tower in Asia and for founding several Buddhist temples.

Cecilia Payne- discovered what the sun was made of. Was then prohibited from publishing her work. Henry Norris Russel republished her work as his own and received all the credit.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell- Discovered the first pulsar. Anthony Hewish took credit and listed her a non involved assistant, he had nothing to do with the discovery. Not only did he receive all the credit, he received the Nobel prize.

Lise Meitner- Co-Discovered Nuclear fission and her male colleagues refused to name her in their publication. The men won the Nobel Prize, and received no credit.

Nettie Stevens- Discovered chromosomes determined sex, when she sent her work to a man for peer review, he published a book of her work passing it off as his own and named her a technician.

Marie Curie- Noted Nobel prize laureate (first lady to earn 2), discovered radium. Barred from many prestigious male dominated academic organizations like the French Academy due to being a female. She was demonized and attacked by men all her life simply for being superior to men in the field, and men in general.

Marie Van Brittan Brown- co-invented home security surveillance that is the precursor of home security systems today. You wont hear her name in history class, not only is she a woman, she is a black woman. ERASED by nasty white men LIKE YOU.

Lucy Terry- Another historical black woman, erased by neo-colonialist white men. This young lady was a teenager when she composed the first known work of literature by an African American person.

Mary Shelley- Invented science fiction. She literally invented a genre of literature, she was teenager when she wrote her first piece. across the northern American continent. While she was pregnant.

Sacagawea- an indigenous american (Lemhi Shoshone) who led Lewis & Clark across the northern American continent. While she was pregnant.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn- feminist, suffragette, civil rights activist, founded the ACLU

Sarah Parker Remond- worked to desegregate schools and end slavery. Also noted physician- but you wont read about her in your white history books because she is black. Its like you white dudes just threw together some shitty fan fiction and called that history.

Hedy Lamarr- came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. She invented your wi-fi in addition to being an actress. SUCK IT.

Vera Rubin- Rejected from Princeton because she was female, went to Cornell instead and discovered dark matter while earning her PhD. Went on to make contributions that your simpleminded white male self couldn’t begin to fathom.

Rosalind Franklin: Watson and Crick, who got the credit and the Nobel for discovering the structure of DNA, could never have done it if not for the x-ray crystallography done by ROSALIND FRANKLIN who for many years was almost totally ignored.

Chief Shuing Wu (1912-1997), her two male colleagues won a Nobel prize for her work, experiments conducted by her which disproved the scientific law of “Principle of Conservation of Party”, which was a widely accepted law at the time.

Ida Tacke (1896-1978), made advances in fields of chemistry and physics which were ignored and then later “rediscovered” by her male colleagues, who got the credit.

Ester Lederberg (1922-2006) worked side-by-side with her husband, who won a Nobel prize for work they took equal roles in, while she received no credit.

Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921), her discoveries revolutionized the fields of astrology and physics (advances that later helped men like Edward Hubble and Harlow Shapley with their work). Since she had no male colleagues, credit wasn’t given to anyone else, it just simply was never acknowledged by the Harvard director. She was later honored after her death.


And this is only a representative sample.

5 thoughts on “Great female minds who got ripped off by men.

  1. roughseasinthemed July 17, 2016 at 00:11 Reply

    Why am I not surprised?

  2. Independent Radical July 17, 2016 at 03:38 Reply

    Great list, but I don’t like the implication that women deserve extra credit for accomplishing things while pregnant. I get that the fact that they were most likely vomiting, experiencing regular fatigue and stressing about the horrific pain they were going to experience in the near future would make liberals admire them for being “strong” throughout it and getting things done in spite of it, but such thinking strikes me as somewhat sadistic.

    Celebrate these women for their accomplishments by all means and acknowledge the difficulties they faced, but don’t heap praise onto them for being in pain and “coping” with that. We should have just as much respect for women who “let it get to them” (to put it in a liberal and MRAish way) while they’re in pain (whether that pain comes from pregnancy, illness or abuse) and get themselves out of such situations before writing great novels.

    • Francois Tremblay July 17, 2016 at 04:18 Reply


      • Leo August 5, 2016 at 17:42 Reply

        The Mary Shelley one is debatable anyway, one of those things I wish people on tumblr would stop just repeating it as undisputed fact. Even just looking at women’s writing, here’s ‘The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World’ as a potential earlier proto-sci fi candidate, and while it can certainly be argued over whether it’s closer to science fantasy, the boundary can generally be a bit fuzzy, and that’s true of Frankenstein as well, and it should be placed in the context of scientific knowledge at the time, and Margaret Cavendish’s fascination with science. Of course there are earlier Utopian stories and discussion over whether they count as sci fi or a different branch of speculative fiction. And then we could go back way way earlier, and look at a lot of non-Western works, too (one example is Theologus Autodidactus). It’s at least misleading for them not to acknowledge sci fi elements in other earlier works and to suggest Mary Shelley just invented the whole genre, just like that.

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