The twentieth century was full of women who challenged their societies, and few were fierier than Margaret Sanger. It was not, of course, just the twentieth century that saw important female thinkers making their mark. The process of creation, even in the most favourable circumstances, is often acknowledged to be a tortuous one, since all artists strive for recognition from an often hostile audience.
The challenges that female artists have faced seem so much greater than those of their male contemporaries, that one wonders how women managed to create anything at all. As this issue of Bluestocking shows, women have reacted to these challenges in a variety of ways, and have often gone on to create work that is truly exceptional. All three articles offer us new perspectives on the work of figures who have achieved renown. Whether they chose to mock and point out inconsistencies like Parker; work within their circumscribed roles like Hensel; or break into male dominated worlds such as composition or literature, all three rose to the challenges of gender and creation in a dynamic and exciting way.
The scientific articles in this issue detail the experiences of women in Physics across the 19th and 20th centuries, illustrating the obstacles faced and overcome by female scientists. But, like all satisfying stories, we are able to provide a happy ending with the work of Captain Grace Hopper in developing computer programming for the masses.
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