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Rose Eveleth

Who are those people?

From left to right:

A woman teaching geometry from a French bowl, dated to approximately 1309-1316.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) graduated from Radcliffe college.  Her work at the Harvard College Observatory (a job that paid $10.50 a week) was the basis for Edwin Hubble’s work – and her own work later changed the way modern astronomers understand stars – although in her lifetime she was virtually unrecognized.

Jane Stafford (1899-1991) was a chemistry major from Smith College, and a science writer for the Science Service.  She was also the president of the National Association of Science Writers in 1945 and the Women’s National Press Club in 1949 and 1950.

Dr. Nancy Roman (1925-present) is an astronomer and advocate for women in science.  She was the first female to hold an executive position at NASA as the first Chief of Astronomy in the Office of Space Science where she helped develop satellites like the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Miss Main Honour was a mathematics major at Auburn University was the first woman to be accepted into Redstone Arsenal’s Cooperative Training Program for students majoring in science and engineering.  There were 97 students.  96 of them were men.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison (1956-present) was first African-American woman in space.  After her trip to space, she founded several biotechnology companies.  She now also works on promoting people of color and women in science.


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