Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Art (BA)


Women’s Studies


Amy Den Ouden


Rajini Srikanth

Subject Categories

Women's Studies


While contextualizing the history of women in educational spheres, it is no surprise to learn that women have faced significant obstacles in sciences and mathematics since the inception of higher education. In her revolutionary challenge of patriarchal historical narratives surrounding knowledge production, historian Londa Schiebinger’s Has Feminism Changed Science? (1999) demonstrates that women have long been influential in the sciences. Christine de Pizan was documenting contributions made by women to the arts and sciences beginning in 1405; however, widespread acknowledgement of women in the sciences did not appear until the dawn of the 20th century, around the time of the first-wave feminist movement in Western contexts.