Editorial: Credit where credit is due

Women’s accomplishments put aside for too long

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘behind every great man stands a great woman.”

It might sound like a compliment for women, but if you stop to think about, it’s not. It implies that a woman can only be successful in support of a man, or that their successes will always be tied to that of a man.

That is changing now, but through much of the 20th Century, the accomplishments of women were put aside or hidden as part of a man’s work.

Take Maud Menten, forbidden from doing independent research in Canada in the early 1900s, even though she was a University of Toronto medical graduate. But in 1913 Berlin, one of her discoveries led to the process that allowed enzymes to be purified, modified, and targeted as drug therapies.

Then there are the women who worked at the Harvard Observatory as “computers,” doing calculations and detailed examinations of the glass plate photographs shot by the astronomers.

Though they received little public recognition, they were responsible for a number of advances in astronomy, including the system still used for cataloguing stars.

This isn’t to say women were never recognized for their contributions. There have been many famous female artists and writers, for example, and even the occasional scientist like Marie Curie. But the overall idea that women weren’t suited to some kinds of work—even though they were quietly contributing greatly to those fields—is something to be ashamed of.

It’s all about building a better society where we all have an equal part. When our great-great-great grandchildren are looking back at us a century from now, let’s hope they’re not ashamed of our record.

–Black Press

Just Posted

Give a hoot and don’t touch baby birds

SORCO raptor rehab reminds residents to stop before they touch baby bird

Video: South Okanagan’s ‘Pretty Boy’ Hall ends amateur MMA career a champion

Oliver-based mixed-martial arts fighter plans to go pro following his record-setting win on March 17

Four Penticton residents arrested for violent attack on homeless

Four individuals have been arrested for a attack and robbery on two homeless men

Beloved Okanagan-Skaha school district champion dies

Bruce Johnson was a teacher, principal and long-serving school trustee in Penticton

VIDEO: Sunny skies in the forecast makes for a great start to spring

Mostly sunny skies with a chance of rain by Friday evening in the Okanagan Valley

Small landslide closes Vernon road

City crews estimate Okanagan Bench Row Road will reopen at about 2:30 a.m.

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

Kelowna RCMP tackle man in Glenmore area

A witness saw RCMP make an arrest on Valley Road just after 6 p.m.

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Father, former child soldier, seeks better life for family in Shuswap

Salmon Arm volunteers begin fundraising effort to help family resettle in Canada

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Most Read