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Women scientists in fiction

Beth Shuster eoshuster at UCDAVIS.EDU
Tue Jan 3 16:46:17 EST 1995

  Karen Allendoerfer's comments (Jan 3) about Meg's mother in "A Wrinkle In
Time" by Madeline L'Engle brought back great memories of reading the
< Mrs. Murry runs a biology lab off of her kitchen at home, and
< thus manages to combine work and family life in an almost seamless fashion, 
< complete with jokes from the kids about "well, mom, I hope you don't get
< any nasty stuff from the lab in with the dinner," or some such. 

I was also inspired by the example of an educated, working, and involved
mother who manages to win a Nobel Prize while raising a family (and
fascinated by all the adventures that Meg & her siblings had along the
way).  One interesting note though - If you read the later books (after Meg
grows up), you find that she opts to postpone her career so that her kids
will have more access to their mother than she had.  In true to life
fashion, HER daughter questions this choice!  L'Engle writes well and is
fun to read, even as an adult.

Beth Shuster               
eoshuster at ucdavis.edu

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