I’m deeply ambivalent about the whole “Lean In” thing. Much less so about the very cool “Lean In Collection” from Getty Images, which aims to create stock photography that doesn’t reinscribe stereotypes.
However, you do still have to pay for/license uses of the Getty Images. This morning I was showing someone how to search the cultural institution “Commons” collections on Flickr, and discovered to my delight that searching for the word “scientist” returns PILES of historical images of women in science (many from the Smithsonian) – all of which have “No Known Copyright Restrictions”!
Here’s a few of my favorites – do click through to the full image files to read the fascinating stories of these scientists!
First, this delightful series of portraits of Norwegian zoologist Kristine Bonnevie:
Portrett av Kristine Bonnevie som ung, Portrett av Kristine Bonnevie, and Portrett av Kristine Bonnevie – all courtesy
But there are so many nifty portraits in here, that I decided to focus on pictures of the scientists -at work-. Which is still tons & tons of pictures.
Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
United States Dept. of Agriculture, courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Archaeologist Bertha Parker Pallan [Cody] (1907-1978). Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Biologist Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978). Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Biologist Mary Alice McWhinnie (1922-1980). Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Biochemist/bacteriologist Ruby Hirose. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Anthropologist Frederica Annis Lopez de Leo de Laguna (1906-2004), standing and talking at meeting with Kaj Birket-Smith (1893-1977). Photographer: Fremont Davis. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Chemist Jane Blankenship Gibson. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Experimental physicist Chien-shiung Wu (1912-1997), in 1963. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution.
Geologist Dr Beryl Nashar, 1955. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.