For centuries humanity has relied on the science community to tell the objective truth about the world around us.
But when it comes to women it seems the truth may not be quite as cut and dried as we might like to believe.
In her new book Inferior – science journalist Angela Saini paints a disturbing picture of just how deeply sexist notions have been woven into the fabric of scientific research – and how they are still being perpetuated within the science community today.
Armed with a heavy arsenal of data Saini provides a gripping and much-needed account of how even the most impartial fields of scientific study have for centuries fallen prey to the biases of the patriarchal foundations they have been built upon.
For hundreds of years – the author writes – it was common sense within the scientific community that women were the ‘inferior’ sex.
Even Charles Darwin – known as the ‘father of evolution’ – insisted on his death bed in 1882 that women were at a lower stage of evolution – and that women ‘though generally superior to men [in] moral qualities are inferior intellectually’.