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'Your observations and experiments are by far the best which have ever been made': the hidden world of women and science in Charles Darwin's private correspondence

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Mary Treat (1830 – 1923) was a published Naturalist from New Jersey and a correspondent of Charles Darwin. A comparative reading of their correspondence alongside their published works raises some interesting questions about the workings of gender ideology in the scientific context: how and why did Treat and Darwin’s epistolary voices differ from their published equivalents? And what can their correspondence tell us about the role and status of ‘scientific’ women in the nineteenth century?

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