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Quickies: Art on the Moon, a Look at Women’s History Month, and Caffeine

On March 24, 1993, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. Later in 1994 the comet crashed into Jupiter, providing astronomers with a glimpse of the materials that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Women’s work: The article questions why the women honoured are those that are doing ‘men’s jobs’, one factor I think that seemed to be overlooked is that the majority of jobs are still done by men anyway, so that must skew the observation somewhat.

    Shoemaker-Levy 9: Still one of the most memorable observations I made, staring through my 200mm newtonian, waiting for Jupiter to rotate the impact site into view, and seeing that black as ink scar.

    1. “one factor I think that seemed to be overlooked is that the majority of jobs are still done by men anyway, so that must skew the observation somewhat.”

      Not true. The majority of work in the world is done by women (and it’s not even a close divide, it’s like 65% of all work in the world is done by women). The problem is that the work that women do is frequently not remunerated, because women are not valued and the work they do is not valued. Maybe that should be questioned: why do we think the work that women do is not worth a wage?

  2. skeith – “Not true. The majority of work in the world is done by women (and it’s not even a close divide, it’s like 65% of all work in the world is done by women).” True, but the article is about jobs, as in the paid workforce, not the about the amount of physical effort and/or time dedicated (work).

    1. You ignored the last part of my comment. Why are these hardworking women not paid for their labor? Why is “work” defined explicitly in such a way that it only encompasses men’s work?

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