Monday, January 15, 2007

Her Lab in Your Life

Her Lab in Your Life: Women in Chemistry is an exhibit by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

The site covers the lives and research accomplishments in many fields of chemistry, from early 20th century food chemists to structure and function of DNA to the invention of Kevlar. There is a whole section on the female pioneers who lead the way into a field that historically excluded women. It also (unfortunately in my opinion) has a section on "chemical chic" that lumps together work on cosmetics with research on gold and synthetic gemstones for lasers. There is something belittling about classifying what appears to be hard-core chemistry as about "jewelry" (and displayed on a pink background, natch). However, that's a small annoyance about a site with so many profiles to inspire budding young chemists.