Mysoon al-Far is an educational supervisor for scientific disciplines such as mathematics and computers at the Ministry of Education in Jordan. Her work also includes art education. She has a master’s degree from the Yarmouk University and has participated in various national and international art events. She exhibited her works in Jordan, Greece, and Japan.
“We were not aware that we could work on setting up virtual art exhibitions that could be published all over the world and watched through digital media, computer screens and telephones. We, women, felt the importance of this transformation, especially in Arab countries”
We must defeat it, 2020, is a series of artworks created out of the fear expressed by teachers and students during the pandemic. Mysoon’s goal is to restore their morale and confidence, especially among women, and to raise awareness of health issues and public safety protocols in schools. For Mysoon, the pandemic has brought about cultural change and provides more tools for expression. “We were not aware that we could work on setting up virtual art exhibitions that could be published all over the world and watched through digital media, computer screens and telephones. We, women, felt the importance of this transformation, especially in Arab countries”.
Women of science have often used crocheting and clothes stitching to help understand complex scientific processes and facts. This was the case of pioneering French midwife Angélique du Coudray (1712-1794) who created a mannequin of textiles to teach trainee midwives on all steps of properly attending childbirth. At that time, female midwives were barred from medical studies. In 1759, du Coudray published a midwifery manual “Abrégé de l’art des accouchements” illustrating important manoeuvres to preserve the safety of women and their new-borns at the moment of birth.
Her trainees practiced various manipulations in mock births on the life-size obstetrical mannequin and were well prepared to handle dangerous situations, such as with twins and breech presentation. Du Coudray succeeded against the opposition of male surgeons when Louis XV recognized that she was instrumental to reducing chid mortality and commissioned her to travel across France to teach the art of midwifery. She taught thousands of students and even male medical doctors and became a symbol of French medical progress.