Women who ignored the limits: five famous female chemists

Well on the way to have research finished for my NaNoWriMo project… snort. Not!

This morning I spent a while researching first weather conditions in Le Conquet, in Brest, France, then went on to finding more about chemistry in the 1880s and 90s, and the role of women in science. France, which encouraged women such as Marie Curie, seems like about the best place to be a female chemist in the late 1880s.

Ah ha! And finally thought of a name for my protagonist. She will be Marie-Noelle Strand (nee Marlow).

Exciting times, plenty of research still to be done. Such as, was there a formal police force in Brest in the 1880s? Or was it loosely organised sheriffs? Le Conquet is also a small town – would it be more self-regulating, or were the authorities in the area organised and strict? I have no idea, and no real idea of where to start looking. Buuuuut the internet is always a good place to begin.

Have a nice day, or, as they apparently say in Breton,

Devezh vat dit!

Oh, but before you go, how classy is this young lady?




About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.

Posted on October 20, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Marie-Noelle Marlow… M-N M. Does she rap, or have a penchant for chocolate?

    The picture is intriguing. Would many women wish to dress like the guys on a regular basis?

    • Actually, Marie-Noelle didn’t like the sound of the M-N-M, so she uses her mother’s maiden name, which is Strand.
      It’s a little funny… although the name is used in a different sense here, it’s easy to interpret the “Noelle” as meaning Christmas (or more correctly, the Nativity), and Marie is a form of Mary. So it’s like her name is Merry Christmas.

      Not sure about the picture. It’s from an article discussing the participation of women in world events, particularly in academia. I have another picture from a chemistry lab in a university from the 1880s, and most of the students are women. There were places, like Poland (poor Marie Curie) who didn’t allow female students. But there were also places like Glasgow and Paris that were welcoming.

      I’m a little worried that the story will come across as misandrous. But I hope the focus will not be on the oppression of women from men, but on the segregation of people by religion.

      • I appreciate how that unbalanced aspect of society would draw more attention. Focus more on the religious segregation aspect, with the oppression noted but less so.

        If it makes you feel any better, my big projects both have females as the leads. The flip side of your mentioning that guys were your main characters =)

      • Hey, that’s great to hear. It’s always nice to write with someone who isn’t exactly you.

        Does this mean you’re writing again? 😀

  2. Not quite yet. Exam is tomorrow morning (9am and half-way across town). Once that is out of the way, I will not have it hanging over my head.

    Had an epiphany last night for a Halloween story =) Will be quite horrorific, but with splashings of humour regarding the topic matter =P

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