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Historically, worldwide, there have been many examples where women’s professional achievements were not appreciated or recognized appropriately, perhaps also due to the “old boys club” mentality. For example, most people remember Martha Gellhorn as “Ernest Hemingway’s third wife,” forgetting that she was a trailblazer in journalism who was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. While Watson and Crick were awarded the Nobel Prize for identifying the human DNA structure, Rosalind Franklin’s work on crystallography was critical to the identification of DNA; yet she is not a household name like those of Watson and Crick.

The famous “Tiffany Glass” designs were not by Louis Tiffany, but by a female employee, Clara Driscoll, who was the real mastermind behind them. Clara had been without proper recognition for a long time until a group of letters was uncovered decades later in which her work was described.

As indicated by history and more recently in Taiwan, there is still a long way to go to eliminate the “old boys club” mentality. This mentality is an impediment to achieving real democracy in Taiwan, both in the established institutions and the purported “green” camp.

Tiffany Hsiao

Rockville, Maryland

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