Heralding the Way to a New World

Exploring Women in Science and Medicine through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

January 20-May 20, 2016

Work by Maria Sibylla Merian

Detail from Maria Sibylla Merian's De europische insecten [Of European insects], 1730

From the first entomologist to capture the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly (1705) to the author who published the first comprehensive volume on contraception (1923), the women in this exhibit were pioneers in science and medicine. Whether self-trained or classically educated, they not only made groundbreaking contributions to their fields, but also provide a foundation for future women to follow in their footsteps. Despite their accomplishments, most of these women remain overlooked or under-recognized in history. This exhibit highlights the stories of seven revolutionary women in science and medicine and celebrates the arrival of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection.


“Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.”
                - Florence Nightingale, “Cassandra,” in
                  Suggestions for Thought, Vol. II, 1860

All items in this exhibition are from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Library, unless otherwise noted. This exhibition was curated by Laura Micham and Jennifer Scott and is sponsored in part by The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Click here to learn more about the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection.

On display in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Exploring Women in Science and Medicine through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

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