The culmination of her eventual appreciation by the world of science came in 1776, two years before her death, when Bassi was appointed Bologna Institute professor of experimental physics. She had to work far harder than men to get approval, but she finally got it. So why haven’t you heard of her? Physics has been around a long time and the hard sciences are less involved in social justice than the soft and social sciences, so they don’t make a big deal of the fact that the first professional female scientist was a physicist.
[ via Science 2.0 ]