• Cernoises and Horrible Cernettes: a history of women at CERN 1954–2017

    Author(s):
    Camilla Mork Rostvik (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Queer and gender studies, 20th-century Europe, Physics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    CERN, Women in STEM
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JS9H756
    Abstract:
    The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) was founded in 1954 by a group of men seeking to explore the fundamental building blocks of our Universe. Since then, they and a host of international scholars have succeeded, exemplified by the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 and numerous Nobel Prize awards. But running parallel to the ‘great men’ of high-energy physics, is the untold story of the women of CERN. The organisation is an elite institution, and can thus provide insight into why numbers of women remain low in all facets of its work (except professional administrative). This viewpoint explores the role of women at CERN, both scientists and non-scientists, drawing on archival research from the organisation’s collection in Geneva and interviews, providing an analysis of why gender diversity is still one of the puzzles left for this elite space to solve.
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