Annie Easley

From a young age, Annie Easley’s mother had told her that she could be anything she wanted, but she would have to work for it. She became a human computer and then computer programmer.

Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet was the daughter of a member of the court of France’s King Louis XIV and she was a physicist, natural philosopher, and mathematician whose work is still celebrated today.

Elinor Ostrom

Dr. Elinor Ostrom was a political scientist and economist that was also a lead researcher at the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program, managed by Virginia Tech, where she worked on one of the programs long term research projects focusing her work on how communities manage their common lands and natural resources including pastures, forests, and lakes.

Tanya Moore

Dr. Tanya Moore is a member of the Board of Directors for Building Diversity in Science whose mission is to inspire, empower, and support underrepresented groups of students in the pursuit of STEM careers.

Shakuntala Devi

Honored with a Google Doodle in 2013 on what would have been her 84th birthday, Shakuntala Devi has been referred to as a Human Calculator.

Dorothy Vaughan

Today for #BossDay we’re celebrating the first African-American manager at NASA, pioneering mathematician and human computer Dorothy Vaughan.

Sofia Kovalevskaya

As a teen Sofia Kovalevskaya stole a physics textbook authored by a neighbor that had been given as a gift to her father and when the author came by to discuss the book with him Sofia insisted on asking taking part in the discussion as well – impressing this professor to the point he became an advocate for her further education.

Ada Lovelace

Today we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day by introducing you to the Countess of Lovelace and the woman who may have been the first computer programmer.

Alexandra Bellow

Alexandra Bellow is a mathematician who has worked in probability and analysis, and was the first woman to become a full professor in the math department at Northwestern University.

Ellen Amanda Hayes

Arrested at a protest at the age of 76, Ellen Hayes had blazed a trail for the use of applied mathematics in the everyday lives of women and was also vocal in supporting the causes she was passionate about including gender equality, the rights of women to vote, and labor rights.

Marjorie Lee Browne

Following her father’s passion for mathematics and with his encouragement Dr. Marjorie Lee Browne would become one of the first African-American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics.

Erna Schneider Hoover

Dr. Erna Hoover has been quoted as saying that, “when I was hired the glass ceiling was somewhere between the basement and the sub-basement.” But that didn’t stop her from developing a program that would change the way telephone systems operated and being awarded one of the first patents for computer software.

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