STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering, and math," four career fields that have generally been dominated by men. However, as the awesome females on this list show, women have been killing it in STEM fields for years. Going all the way back to Hypatia - a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher - this list of females in science and technology shows just how smart and successful ladies can be.
Maybe you are a lady who isn't interested in science or numbers or math at all. That is fine! You probably have other cool stuff you like to do. The women on this list, though, were fascinated by coral reefs and radiation and how to build bridges and lots of other neat things. They chose to throw caution to the wind and make careers and lives out of these STEM areas, and many of them changed the world in the process.
Want to learn what these cool ladies did and discovered? Wonderful! Read on to discover all kinds of fun info about the many amazing women in STEM, whether they're alive and active in their fields today, or are famous women in history who took the first steps for females in science.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is ...more
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the ...more
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Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and the one of those who popularized the idea of ...more
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Katherine Johnson is an African-American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America's aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she calculated the ...more