Talk about being mentioned in high places! Janey Abbott – Marketing and Communications Officer for Bath Preservation Trust – writes:
“The Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath has always had high-profile supporters (aka Patron Dr Brian May et al) but today’s Twitter conversation with Chelsea Clinton has been revelatory!
She spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, saying “ it is hugely important that we shine a light on so many of the women who have helped to bring knowledge into the world”, and said that Caroline Herschel was one of these remarkable women ‘who persisted’. Ms Clinton has written two children’s picture books, She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World, which focus on women “who have used their voices and determination” to change and shape history.
One of the women in her book is Caroline Herschel, an astronomer who discovered eight comets in the 18th Century, but was less well known than her brother William, who discovered Uranus.
“We have long characterised how we have told history, taught history and come to understand and value historical figures,” she said. “I think it is hugely important, particularly now, that we shine a light on so many of the women who have helped to bring knowledge into the world and helped advance not only science but so many other areas of progress.”
The BBC picked this up and wrote up the story about women being overshadowed by their male relatives/counterparts, posting this link 6 hours ago: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46293506
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy tweeted the link and thanked her for promoting Caroline Herschel’s achievements, and asked if she’d every visited the museum. Ms Clinton tweeted back:
Not yet. I’ve never been to Bath. Visiting the city & @HerschelMuseum are on my bucket list!
See the thread here
I hope you agree that there is a nice story here, on women’s achievements and Caroline Herschel’s in particular, linking to the museum’s current exhibition Wonder Women of Space which is on until 1 January 2019.
Chelsea Clinton has 2.4m Twitter followers.”