Celebrate Women’s History Month with these features of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We hope that these stories will give context to the history of women in STEM, recognize their contributions around the world, and encourage up and coming women and girls in these fields.
March 20, 2021
Countless women scientists have have been shunted to the footnotes, with credit for their work going to male colleagues. This is called the Matilda Effect.
August 21, 2017
Women in the STEM fields are reclaiming the memory of a richer scientific past than some might think.
December 23, 2016
Women finally broke into the sciences in sex-segregated jobs in the years between 1880 and 1910.
March 21, 2021
As whooping cough killed thousands of kids annually, a trio of public health workers were deeply involved in the production and distribution of a vaccine.
February 10, 2017
For women physicians, WWI was an opportunity for service that highlighted their deeply ambiguous position, as Ellen More explained in a 1989 paper.
March 9, 2020
The first Black woman physician served communities in the South after the Civil War but was buried in an anonymous grave. That will likely change.
March 12, 2021
These women labored alongside their famous husbands to produce world-renowned research.
November 26, 2018
In the late 19th century, Elizabeth Campbell helped her astronomer husband run the Lick Observatory and lead scientific eclipse-viewing expeditions.
April 7, 2019
NASA recently cancelled an all-female spacewalk, citing a lack of spacesuits. Ironically, women played a key role in creating the very first spacesuits.
May 21, 2021
Chien-Shiung Wu disproved a fundamental law of physics—a stunning achievement that helped earn her male colleagues (but not her) a Nobel Prize.
March 2, 2016
Mary Somerville, one of the first women scientists and science writers, came to be known after her death as the "queen of 19th century science."
May 31, 2018
Susan Fenimore Cooper, known as her father James Fenimore Cooper's secretary, is now being recognized as one of the nation's first environmentalists.
October 1, 2020
In 1962, the House of Representatives convened a special subcommittee to determine if women should be admitted into NASA’s space program.
November 13, 2018
Remembering the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and how she challenged American stereotypes.
August 1, 2018
Maria Mitchell became famous when she discovered a comet in 1847. She didn't stop there, fighting for education and equality for women in the sciences.
September 29, 2020
This Mexican-American botanist fought against the harshness of both nature and society to follow her passion for plant collecting.
March 11, 2015
Botany didn’t just intrigue and entertain Sara Plummer Lemmon—it deeply affected her personal life.
March 5, 2019
Despite the twelve volume herbarium she created, this seventeenth-century scientist earned little recognition.
August 30, 2020
The woman who revolutionized nursing was also a mathematician who knew the power of a visible representation of information.
March 26, 2019
Inge Lehmann was the seismologist and mathematician who figured out what the Earth's core was actually made of.
October 8, 2019
Ada Lovelace wrote extensive notes on the world’s first computer. Her innovations foreshadowed those used in twentieth-century PCs.
August 10, 2016
How did women scientists fit into the naturalists and botanist mix during their earliest days in the field?
February 19, 2020
She was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in entomology as well as an activist for freedom in the Civil Rights Movement.
March 12, 2019
Dressed in a petticoat and bonnet, Mary Anning climbed precarious cliffs to find prehistoric fossils.
March 19, 2019
When government wouldn't fund female fieldwork, Agnes Chase pulled together her own resources.
March 23, 2017
Six female scientists—historical and contemporary—who don’t have much name recognition but who have done important, interesting work.
December 17, 2015
Their names may not be widely recognized, but these three intrepid women explorers deserved broader acclaim for their accomplishments.
January 5, 2022
A guided tour of selected luminaries of astronomy, from Ancient Greece to today.
August 8, 2017
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