With the twin goals of inspiring young women to be scientists and facilitating dialogue that might tease out the factors behind the “leaky pipeline obstructing the advancement of women scientists in Taiwan” (Schiebinger 1999), the first International Conference on Woman Scientists was held in Taipei under the auspices of the National Science Council on 26–28 October 2008. As vice-chairperson, I had the honor of inviting Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller to be the keynote speaker for this significant event. Not only was she herself a scientist, but her well-known 1983 book A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock had also documented the accomplishments of a Nobel Prize–winning woman geneticist. The central theme of this work on gender and science delineated how being a woman—and not an oppressed object—impacted her own winding path to a scientific...
Female Identity in Science: Memories of the Visit of Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller
Zxyyann Jane Lu teaches women's health, community health care, and qualitative research methodology at the National Yang-Ming University. Her research focuses on women's bodily experience shaped by medical technology in space and time. Her current research considers from the postcolonial perspective how scientific nursing practices have been formulated since World War II with international aid in Taiwan.
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Zxyyann Jane Lu; Female Identity in Science: Memories of the Visit of Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 September 2017; 11 (3): 433–436. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-3916745
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