Rita Levi-Montalcini

Losing her job as an assistant in the anatomy department at the University of Turin after Mussolini passed a law in 1938 barring people of Jewish heritage from working at universities or in medicine Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini wasn’t going to let that get in the way of her research.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is a fighter pilot, engineer, and holder of the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.

Jeanne Villepreux-Power

If you’ve spent any time observing fish or marine life in an aquarium, you can thank Jeanne Villepreux-Power, the “mother of aquaria.”

Fabiola Gianotti

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti is the director-general of CERN, and on January 1st of 2016 she became the first woman to lead the organization.

Giuliana Tesoro

Dr. Giuliana Tesoro wore many hats during her career including organic chemist, inventor, polymer chemist and professor.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a child prodigy who became a celebrated mathematician, though that wasn’t her first choice.