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Special Issue: Girls' and women's participation in STEM: Past lessons and possible futures
Published: 26-06-2018

A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War

The University of Cambridge

Patricia Fara

Patricia Fara is a historian of science at the University of Cambridge. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and completed her PhD at the University of London.

Science women's suffrage


The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once remarked that life is understood backwards and lived forwards. For me, the point of doing history is to examine how the past has led to the present and hence to improve the future. In writing A Lab of One’s Own (2018) I retrieved the neglected narratives of several scientific women from the early twentieth century, suggesting how their lives and experiences have affected the position of women in science today. The following three extracts, taken from the first, penultimate, and final chapters, discuss the main themes underlying the more detailed presentations of particular women that form the body of the book.&&&&&&&


How to Cite

Fara, P. (2018). A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 10(2), 200–212. Retrieved from