20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields  

Amy Boal
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Scientists are great, no matter what gender they are, but the female scientists on this list are notable for being awesome ladies doing it all in STEM jobs, even before the term was trendy. Who are some famous female scientists? Can women in STEM be super successful? What does STEM stand for even? Get ready to learn.

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.
Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields
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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 recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is regarded as the first computer programmer. Lovelace was born 10 December 1815 as the only child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron. ...more on Wikipedia

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields
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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 Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska in Warsaw, in what was then the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. She studied at Warsaw's clandestine Floating University and began her ...more on Wikipedia

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields
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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 machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches. Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace". ...more on Wikipedia

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Katherine Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields
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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 trajectory for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. ...more on Wikipedia

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