Science is sometimes defined as a way of seeing things. Women still
far too often constitute a "blind spot" in the vision of the scientific
in Women in Science - Token Women or Gender Equality (1991).
Women in Finland, as elsewhere in the world, have for a long time been
involved in academic research. However, very often their work has been
shadowed by the achievements of their male colleagues. This online
exhibition is dedicated to the past and present generations of women
academics in Finland. These pages feature the pioneering individuals who
opened up academic careers for women, and bring to light the
achievements of women who worked behind the scenes as research
assistants, laboratory and field workers and as research associates to
These pages contain personal biographies of female scholars as well as
general information on the status of women in the Finnish academic
world. The pages are organised chronogically and according to academic
fields, without forgetting an index of names. This online exhibition was
constructed in connection with the exhibition
Women of Learning,
mounted in cooperation between the Helsinki University Library and the
Christina Institute of Women's Studies in 2000. This site will be
permanently available and updated on a regular basis.
Exhibition working group:
Liisa Husu, Eva Isaksson, Elina Katainen, Kristina Linnovaara, Marja
Nykänen, Eeva Peltonen, Esko Rahikainen, Päivi Setälä, Päivi
Graphic design: Anna Tuovinen
Photo scanning: Kari Timonen
Swedish translation: Christoffer von Bonsdorff, Mari Voipio
English translation: Irma Hallberg-Rautalin, Nancy Seidel, Margot
The exhibition has been sponsored by the City of Culture Foundation,
the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki.
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Exhibition team members 8.5.2000:
Front, from left: Marja Nykänen, Liisa Husu, Maarit Inbar, Elina Katainen.
Back: Eva Isaksson, Eeva Peltonen, Esko Rahikainen, Kristina Linnovaara.
Helsinki was one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000.
The exhibition Women of Learning belonged to the official programme of
the cultural year.