Women in modern scientific research: A historical overview

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If 'science is the mode of cognition of industrial society', as a leading anthropologist stated, then the marginal position of women in science, from the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, until the late 20th century's revolution in information and biotechnology, may provide crucial insights into the increasingly international social order of modern society. Indeed, science has often been viewed as a major force for modernity. But if women, or half of the population, are still consistently under-represented in science, can we conclude that gender equality in science is a matter for post-modernity only?

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