In 2015, a call went out to amateur historians to search their attics and archives for a relic of women’s history: the original, signed copy of the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention in New York, one of the nation’s first organized events for women’s rights. But man fear that the original manuscript may no longer exist.
Dr. Hornig was in her early 20s in 1944 when, armed with a graduate degree in chemistry, she was offered the secretarial position at a secret atomic laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., part of the government’s Manhattan Project. Her husband had been hired as an explosives expert there. The slight proved frustrating and fateful. Later, after receiving a doctorate from Harvard, she went on to dedicate her career in academia to championing women in science, mentoring younger women and advocating for major research universities to recruit more women as science students, professors and administrators. She also wrote or edited three books on women in science and higher education.
The Times had repeatedly editorialized that letting women vote would “derange” the social and political structure, that “the grant of suffrage to women is repugnant to instincts that strike their roots deep in the order of nature.” Moreover, one editorial said, suffragists tend to be “pacifists and enemies of preparedness.” “The men are doing the fighting,” the editorial said. “They should do the voting.”