Eunice Foote to UCSB: A Story of Women, Science, and Climate Change
Eunice Foote was an early American feminist, inventor, and ground-breaking climate scientist. Foote’s insights serve as the cornerstone of climate-change science and her feminist activism created the momentum for changes in the civil, social, and political rights of women. Despite these achievements, few have heard of Foote, and even leading biographers haven’t located a likeness of this radical innovator. John Perlin, an author and visiting scholar in the UCSB Physics Department is writing a book about Eunice Foote in which he hopes to demonstrate Foote’s primacy in laying the foundation for today’s climate-change science and in the process to correct the historical record that credits two men – John Tyndall and Svante Arrhenius – for her discoveries. This UCSB Library exhibition will draw on Perlin’s research to illustrate Foote’s contributions to climate science and feminism and will connect her legacy to the contributions of female faculty at UCSB who study climate change.