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women's day etoiles fabric by sef on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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Diagrammatic representations of historically important women, many of whom were denied their proper place in society. This is not a conventional toile, since I'd prefer to avoid getting entangled in the issues of intellectual property, copyright and public / celebrity image ownership entailed by representing real people. Instead the graphics are there to invoke the historical scenes involving the relevant personalities and the connecting flowers are the pastoral element.

• comet = Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), astronomer
• barred window = Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), prison reformer
• magnetic field = Mary Fairfax Somerville (1780-1872), physicist
• spiral shell = Mary Anning (1799-1847), fossil hunter who should have been a palaeontologist
• formula = Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), algorithmic programmer in the pre-computer era
• old-style lamp = Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), medical reformer
• radiation hazard layout of flasks and tubes = Marie Curie (1867-1934), physicist and chemist
• dna helix pair = Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), crystallographer (true discoverer of the structure of DNA, whose work was stolen from her by misogynists)

Missing from the line-up are so very many more. Eg:
• the prehistoric women who invented agriculture
• Hypatia of Alexandria - whose work was destroyed by misogynistic religious zealots, as well as her person.
• Emilie du Chatelet (1706-1749)
• Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze (1758-1836)
• Lise Meitner (1878-1968)
• the Suffragettes
• Marthe Gautier (1925-), the real scientist behind the discovery that trisomy 21 causes Down's Syndrome

Currently displaying a vertical version in plain black on white. Other colours, stylings, sizes and orientations are available on request and you can even ask for a combination of several designs together.

See also:
colour-coordinating designs
more humanities and personalities
more physical science or more biological science designs
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women's day etoiles

by sef
Diagrammatic representations of historically important women.
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