The pivot role of a wild savant woman in the midst of revolutions and enlightenment: Emilie du Châtelet from my summer book Passionate Minds of David Bodanis, Three Rivers Press N.Y, 2006. I am impressed by Emilie ‘ insights permeated into the scientific mainstream with her unconventional but logic thoughts, so original that her male scientists recycled her ideas even forgot who had originated them. Emilie du Châtelet contributed the square to Einstein concept of energy E=mc2, how she revealed to Newton the gravitation hidden truth; (check Wikipedia for the long list of her contribution to sciences) not to mention her audacious relations with Voltaire and their border escapes out of Versailles calumnies.
This is probably old story for you, still I think it fits with the current science transformation period we are in.
Pondering her high horse spirit, I wonder how Emilie ought to think and react at the dawn of scientific transformation of the modern day? What else women avant garde nowadays did not do what Emilie did? One thing for sure, Emilie did not have to transgender to express herself. What else Emilie did not do as post-modern women did? Emilie was raised in a catholic noble French family. What would she do if she were born as sub-minority? how would she manage to express herself in a "predestined" social concept? what would Emilie do dealing with predictive programs? Centuries followed, countless of intelligent women continue to inspire the society in every aspects of life, to name some, Freud's Mistress Minna, the women in Red movies (1&2), and quote
The Speilrein hype is just hype. http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesmz/a/sabina-spielrein.htm This novel attempts to capture the psyche of the early 20th Century, the wishful thinking of modern Feminism, projecting current neuroses and "triumphs" onto unsuspecting protagonists that never in this world existed.
Hilda Pierce female intuition balance between spirit of principle and the spirit of greater good . Hilda Pierce in Foyle’s War, projects female intuition balance between spirit of principle and the spirit of greater good. You can see the recurring character Hilda Pierce, played by Ellie Haddington (from the episodes "War Games" and "The French Drop").
In modern days, practical thinking wisdom is to keep the enemy closer...as a woman, I consider predictive machine and quantum leap as enemies to humanity, figurative speaking. Which explains my passion (love hate relationship) for big data. I invite you to do the same, feminist or not!
Currently there are a handful of people who know how to program a real quantum computer. By giving a free public access, the Bristol U. hope to generate more qubits codes! Quantum processor will be made accessible in this coming Sept 20. http://phys.org/news/2013-09-qcloud-online-users-quantum.html
The online Qcloud link means that this quantum processor can be remotely controlled by anyone anywhere in the world. This will allow the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, scientists and entrepreneurs to run an experiment, and test real experimental data against their simulations, making the resources for quantum computing available for everybody...www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/qcloud/project/