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Star struck

Nantucket astronomer Maria Mitchell, a pioneer in her field, still couldn't break through the overhead ceiling

By Debby Applegate
April 13, 2008

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Maria Mitchell and The Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics By Renée Bergland Beacon, 300 pp., $29.95 Most Bostonians remember the tempest in 2005 when Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, suggested that the scarcity of women scientists might be due to their innate lack of aptitude for the subject. Reports, studies, and editorials poured forth ... (Full article: 988 words)

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