Yvonne Brill: Mother. Wife. And — oh, yeah — rocket scientist.

1297396447294_ORIGINALCheck out the “casual sexism” (phrase stolen from the Salon piece) of the New York Times, which, when marking the passing of an “eminent scientist and inventor,” had this as the lede:

She was a brilliant rocket scientist who followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.

That’s the version the Times amended after readers complained about the original, which included a mention of Yvonne Brill’s beef stroganoff.

Kee-rist. Here‘s the Washington Post’s obituary, which took pains to note that Brill took time off to raise children. And here‘s the Post’s lukewarm defense of the Times piece.

FWIW: I know how to hem pants, and I make a fabulous and chewy chocolate cookie. And if any of that shows up in my obituary, I shall return from the grave pissed and in need of revenge.


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4 Responses to Yvonne Brill: Mother. Wife. And — oh, yeah — rocket scientist.

  1. sharon says:

    What, in the name of all that is holy, does it f’n take?

  2. HC Here says:

    Having read this woman’s accomplishments, all I can say is she would have looked more professional limiting her necklace choices to slender gold and silver chains, with an appropriate diamond in the center. How about a nice simple but tasteful necklace, earring, bracelet, and brooch such as Kitty Carlisle threw on in the clip below at 2:50.


    Those plastic balls Yvonne has around her neck scream out dime store. Further, her hair needed to be shorter in the front and tapered on the sides.

    Did the Times publish her stroganoff recipe? I love stroganoff and I trust an educated woman could find a better ingredient than sour cream for the sauce. What was the base of her broth?

    Know who else likes stroganoff? The To Tell The Truth panel!


    Now the dearly departed will forever be linked to Bill Cullen refusing to eat dog food.