Happy International Women’s Day!

I’m celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by blogging for the #WomenInspire Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work program. Join the blog carnival to honour a woman who has inspired you!

To celebrate, here’s an old post of mine: Of beards and philosophy.

This week was supposed to be Ada Lovelace day, a day when bloggers all over the world blog about women scientists. And then, inexplicable, the day was moved to October. I hope to hell they don’t do that with Christmas. Or my birthday.

In the meantime, I’d written a heartfelt post about Madame du Chatelet, a woman who translated and commented on Newton in the Eighteenth century. In my research on the topic I came across this little ditty by Kant, a philosopher so well respected that you’ll find his name in at least three philosophy department courses in any university.

“A woman who has a head full of Greek, like Mme Dacier, or carries on fundamental controversies about mechanics, like the Marquise du Chatelet, might as well have a beard.”

Well, we know from the numerous texts written about him, that Kant wasn’t terribly experienced with women, so let’s try be gentle when we tell him.

She did have a beard. Just not on her face.

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1 Response to Happy International Women’s Day!

  1. I really love that Feminist History of Philosophy came together to celebrate International Women’s Day! I’d love to add your post on Madame du Chatelet to the #WomenInspire blog carnival. She is quite a woman with a story in history! If you’re interested please grab the badge & submit it in the comments section of this post: http://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/women-inspire-roundup-iwd2014-whm2014/

    Thanks so much!
    MSW@USC Team

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