The Matilda Effect

If you believe the history books, science is a guy thing. Discoveries are made by men, which spur further innovation by men, followed by acclaim and prizes for men. But too often, there is an unsung woman genius who deserves just as much credit. “The Matilda Effect” is the term coined by science historian Martha Rossiter to describe the too-common situation of a man getting credit for groundbreaking work done by a woman. In our series of that same name, Timeline takes a look at five of these scientists and the amazing, underrated work they’ve done. Produced in partnership with, a new publication that looks to the past to make sense of the present.

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