The Finkbeiner test is a checklist written by journalist Christie Aschwanden to create awareness around gender bias against women in scientific writing. To pass the Finkbeiner test the article must not mention the following:
- That she is a woman
- Her husband’s job
- Her child care arrangements
- How she nurtures her underlings
- How she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field
- How she’s such a role model for other women
- How she’s the “first woman to…”
We wrote blogs in this format in year one of FSL. This year our challenge was to write a facetious reverse Finkerbiner blog about a man in science where we make sure we mention all of these things. We hope you enjoy it.
Isaac Newton. He was a man that defied all things. He broke away from his gender barriers and decided that he would stick to a life of science instead of one of a family man. Isaac Newton never married and never seemed to have had any romantic relationships. Although he never accomplished those milestones, Newton accomplished so much more.
When he was still in college, Newton created the concept of infinitesimal calculus which was definitely an amazing act of intellect for a man! As a professor at Cambridge, Newton taught lectures on optics and invented the first reflecting telescope. However, he was shocked by the aggressiveness and competitiveness in his field when numerous other scientists started attacking his work on optics. Even with all these challenges, Newton persevered and continued with his research. What a strong man he was! He went on to write one of the most important books in physics: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
Newton was definitely a role model for boys and men all around the world and will continue to be for numerous generations to come.