Elizabeth Yale - Widows' Work: Women, Science, and Print in Early Modern Europe

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
Iowa Main Library, Special Collections
University of Iowa Special Collections and Iowa Women's Archives

Iowa Bibliophiles February guest speaker is Elizabeth Yale speaking about "Widows' Work."

In early modern Europe, scientific work was often performed in homes. Women tested medical remedies, made astronomical observations and calculations, captured insects, translated Anglo-Saxon English, and drew and engraved shells and other natural specimens. Yet male natural philosophers and medical practitioners--husbands, fathers, and brothers--typically represented a family's work in correspondence and in print, obscuring women's contributions. But what happened when a patriarch died? In this talk, Yale will explore how women--often as widows--became visible as authors, authorities, editors, and publishers in early modern science and medicine.

Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 pm, with the evening’s talk starting at 7:00 pm.