Darwin, sex, and gender

We are very pleased to be able to feature four new student projects created using our ‘Darwin and Gender’ university teaching resources.  The resources were developed in collaboration with Prof. Sarah Richardson at Harvard who has used them for the past three years in her ‘Gender, Sex, and Evolution’ course, and bring together Darwin’s fascinating correspondence on the biology of sex and gender, and on the roles of males and females in humans and other animals.  Among other things, this year’s inventive set of projects explore why Darwin thought women were inherently moral, what influence his daughter Henrietta had on the composition of the Descent of Man, and the fuss over women’s smaller skull size.


So congratulations to Sarah Amanaullah, Miranda Morrison, Amalia Salcedo-Marx, and Vanessa Tan – we hope you enjoy their creative, entertaining, and thought-provoking work.  And thank you also to Myrna Perez Sheldon, a former colleague at the Darwin Correspondence Project who helped teach the course again this year.

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