Rachel Carson and the Paradigm Shift

Reblogging because my association with the American Chemical Society helped me gain insights that might have otherwise been lost to history. Being educated is one of the most dangerous things a woman can be. Being unmarried also.

In 2007, a member of the United States Senate drafted a resolution to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of a famous biologist; a woman who had been most at home with her nose in a book or on the shores of the sea. Things didn’t go as planned. Havoc ensued as a senator from Oklahoma mounted an outraged resistance against the woman’s memory. The controversial woman was Rachel Carson.

Carson grew up in Pennsylvania and was born with a gift for words—she talked early and had a story published in a St. Nicholas magazine when she was eleven .

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