The Mars Generation

Inspired by pioneers like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, many young women are hoping to be chosen for that mission. Three of those hopefuls are Alyssa Carson, Abby Harrison, and Taylor Richardson.

Ruby Hirose

Biochemist Ruby Hirose made major contributions to the development of vaccines against infantile paralysis and found a way to improve the pollen extracts that help sufferers of hay fever.

Mary Sherman Morgan

Mary Sherman Morgan is said to have single handedly saved the US Space Program – but most people had no idea they work she did – including her own son who turned her story into a play and then a biography, Rocket Girl.

Susan Margulies

As a leader in the field of head and lung trauma and their impact on the human body, Dr. Susan Margulies is making great strides in understanding how our bodies respond to trauma.

Mary Fairfax Somerville

Mary Somerville was called “The Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science” after she overcame many obstacles, including family who believed she shouldn’t study math and science.

Margaret Lowman

The author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and 10 books on forest conservation, Dr. Margaret Lowman has earned her title as Canopy Meg.

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.

Joanne Liu

Born in Quebec City to a Chinese immigrant family, Joanne Liu decided to become a pediatrician at an early age. She became the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (aka Doctors without Borders) in 2013.

Valerie Thomas

Wanting to provide inspiration to young people that also might not been encouraged to pursue math and science as careers NASA scientist Valerie Thomas was a mentor to youths through Science Mathematics Aerospace Research and Technology and the National Technical Association.

Mary Letitia Caldwell

Dr. Mary Letitia Caldwell was the first female member of the senior faculty in chemistry at Columbia University, and developed a method for isolating crystalline pancreatic enzymes.

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.

May-Britt Moser

For her work on the discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain, Dr. May-Britt Moser shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2014.

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