Pstt, this post is all about Pioneering Women in Science You Should Know About. I’m going to keep this as a living document; updating as I discover new female pioneers in STEM.
Here’s the thing about women in science, because history is the way it is, many women in science did not go into the history books (probably because men wrote the history books for so long). Also, in the early times of life in the world, women’s education wasn’t really – how should we say – a priority. Often times, women were denied education due to their gender, class, or status in society. That still happens today.
Let’s also mix in, the “days before” expectations of women in the world. Learn how to cook, get married, have kids, stay home.
However, there were pioneers who dedicated their lives to breaking the glass ceiling. They overcame challenges to study, invent, innovate and discover.
Pioneering Women in Science
- Hypatia 370AD. Egypt. Astonomer and mathimatician.
- Maria Merian 1647 Naturalist.
- Caroline Herschel 1750 Astronomer.
- Wang Zhenyi 1768 China. Astronomer.
- Mary Anning 1811 Fossils.
- TooKoolito 1838 Artic. Translator/guide for cartographers.
- Janaki Ammal 1897 India. Botanist.
- Anna Mani 1918 Meteorologist.
- Katia Krafft. 1942. France. Volcanologist.
- Mary Sherman Morgan. United States of America. Scientist.
- Hedy Lamarr. United States of America. Inventor.
- Elizebeth Friedman. United States of America. Codebreaker.