Women in Science during the Renaissance
During the Renaissance period, the number of women in science decreased significantly. While there were many women physicians, most of them lost their right to practice medicine solely because another woman trained them. Furthermore, any woman who claimed to be knowledgeable (in not only medicine, but in science in general) was dismissed or executed for suspicion of practicing witchcraft (ibid). As noted by Giese (2009): “the number of people (nearly all of whom were female) executed for witchcraft between 1400 and 1700 have ranged from 100,000 to 9,000,000.” Men’s newfound ability to excuse a woman of witchcraft, not only scared women from pursuing science and eliminated most of who were in science, but also allowed men to stand at the forefront of science.