Category: She for She

Maud Menten

This month I’m celebrating Maud Menten . Maud Menten did extensive work in medical and biochemical research in the early twentieth century. Much of her work was medical research, but it was founded in her expertise in biochemistry and she made some significant contributions…

Fe del Mundo

Fe Del Mundo (1911-2011) was a filipina pediatrician, and the first woman to be admitted into Harvard Medical School. Del Mundo humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned her in a letter from the director of the…

Edith Clarke

February 10 is reserved to Edith Clarke Today is the birthday of Edith Clarke, the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering in the US. She was born in 1883 in Howard County, Maryland. During her career, Clarke published…

M Train

“I believe in movement. I believe in that lighthearted balloon, the world. I believe in midnight and the hour of noon. But what else do I believe in? Sometimes everything. Sometimes nothing. It fluctuates like light flitting over a pond.” ~ M Train –…

Hedy Lamarr

9 November is reserved to Hedy Lamarr She is remembered for her beauty on the silver screen, but the Hollywood actor spent her nights inventing a weapons communication system that was a precursor to wireless technologies including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Lamarr also, captured international…

Irene Joliot Curie

12 September is reserved to Irène Joliot-Curie Irène Curie, born in Paris, September 12, 1897, was the daughter of Pierre and Marie Curie, and since 1926 the wife of Frédéric Joliot. Irène Curie was a French scientist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize…

Valentina Tereshkova

In 1963 orbited Earth 48 times! On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to be launched into the space after being selected from more than 400 aspirants. It is said that one of the reasons for her selection was her parachute…

Margaret Sanger

In 1916 women’s-rights activist and nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. The Brownsville, Brooklyn center was closed soon after its opening; New York City police officers raided the clinic on the grounds of the 1873 Comstock law,…

Phoebe Snetsinger

9th June is reserved to  Phoebe Snetsinger Celebrating the birthday of American birder Phoebe Snetsinger (1931-1999).  Phoebe documented 8,398 different species of birds, more than any other researcher or hobbyist.  And she did all that after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Absolutely amazing! Article:…

Nancy Grace Roman

May 16, is reserved to Nancy Grace Roman Happy birthday Nancy Grace Roman! She is a pioneering NASA astronomer who played a central role in the development of the Hubble Space Telescope. Roman was born in 1925 in Nashville, Tennessee. At age 11 she…