Darwin's Women

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This film, from the University of Cambridge, explores the emergence of women scientists in the Victorian era, and Darwin’s role in helping them to achieve some level of prominence despite the social constraints of the time.

The Darwin Correspondence Project is researching Charles Darwin's letters and has so far located more than 15,000 he either sent or received. Although Darwin was supposedly an arch-conservative on matters of gender, these letters suggest that he actively helped women who were striving for an equal footing in society.

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