Emilie du Chatelet died after child birth in 1749 at the age of 43. She
knew the dangers of a late pregnancy. No anti-biotics to control
infection; nothing to control uterine bleeding. Doctors did not bother
to wash their hands or instruments. But she stoically accepted her
probable fate. She’d always worked long...
THE 21ST Century belongs to women. That’s what many pundits were saying
in the run up to the year 2000. Much is made of the fact that there are
marginally more women at work now than men, as if this alone is a
measure of equality.