18 May 2012

As we'll soon be on the move, I've been sorting through stuff and deciding what to keep and have just found Great Housewives of Art by Sally Swain (http://www.theloosh.com/blog/great-housewives-of-art-by-sally-swain).  
This fun book was published way back in 1995 and I don't think I'll ever throw it away.  It's one of those books which, every time I look at it, there's something new to learn and to laugh over.  
Above is the front cover: 'Mrs Degas vacuums the floor'.  
This book answers the eternal question of why, historically, there were so few women scientists, artists and composers.  After all, whilst Archimedes was busy sitting in his bath saying 'eureka', what was Mrs Archimedes doing?  Wiping up the water which Archimedes had slopped over the side of the bath in his excitement, that's what! 
(according to Wikipedia: This exclamation is most famously attributed to the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes. He reportedly proclaimed "Eureka!" when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose—he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged. This relation is known as Archimedes' principle. He then realized that the volume of irregular objects could be measured with precision, a previously intractable problem. He is said to have been so eager to share his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked.)

Mrs Toulouse-Lautrec Cleans the toilet

(Thank you for the book, Fi, a lovely gift)

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