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.