Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, pioneered computer programming languages, discovered the first computer “bug,” and retired as the Navy’s highest ranking, longest-serving female officer in history. They even named a naval destroyer after her.
Software engineer Sarah Blow enlists other female techies in events to promote engineering girl power. Thus was born Girl Geek Dinners, a networking organization for women in technology that’s since gone global.
In the late 1950s, Rachel Carson began to realize that mankind had acquired the power “to change drastically — or even destroy — the physical world.” Her book on the damage caused by chemical pesticides changed history.
A recent survey of women and underrepresented minorities who hold STEM degrees found that many of them were discouraged from seeking their careers. But, what was, perhaps, eyebrow-raising was that most of those affected said the discouragement came from college professors.
The 2009 Women in Science Booklet is produced by Science/AAAS in collaboration with the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation. The interview profiles of young women at the start of their science careers tell their stories of passion and persistence —what drives and excites them about their work in the sciences. Girls, boys, and educators will find fun and inspiration in these pages and learn a little about life as a scientist.
Five downloadable articles on earthquakes are available from The American Museum of Natural History, including accounts by middle and high school students, a explanatory piece titled “Forecasting Earthquakes Using Paleoseismology,” and a profile of Inge Lehmann, the female Danish seismologist whose 1920s investigations led to greater understanding of the Earth’s inner core.