I went to some of the best schools in the world, and while there were few women in my courses, those that were there were as smart or smarter than me. There are plenty of men who can't cut it in STEM, and I often wonder if I'm one of them. The idea that men are somehow "given a pass" is 100% pure bullshit in my experience.
woman discovered (or at least illuminated radioactivity), a woman first
theorized nuclear fission, a woman first explained how stars work, a
woman proved continental drift (so far four of the most important
discoveries about our universe...ever), a woman explained DNA (or
provided all the sino quod non critical data), a woman invented one of
the earliest and the most popular computer language ever, a woman
basically invented the Internet (made it possible to grow over a dozen
computers), and the list goes on.
I'm not too sussed about
women in medicine and mathematics, so I can't comment on that, or about
women in business and politics. The first president of Israel was an
(American) woman, as was one of the two most beloved mayors of New York
City. France would not exist as a country without Jean d'Arc nor England
without Elizabeth the First. Mongolia received Chinese culture via a
disgraced Chinese concubine, basically ALL of their fine culture and
their writing system prior to 1950. The world's first novel (The Tale of
Genji) was written by a Japanese woman. Modern Russia and the Russian
Language (notice how half the "advanced" words are French-derived, even
though Russia is nowhere near France) owe themselves to Catherine the
Great (so called not for no reason).
Are there great
women in world history in general and in American history in particular?
Duh. The idea of putting a professional whinger on the $20 bill is