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Maria Sibylla Merian

1647-1717, Germany
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– First to observe and document the metamorphosis of a butterfly.
– One of the most significant contributors to entomology.
– Was an accomplished botanical artist.

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Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe’s largest publishing houses in the 17th century. Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life […] read more

Alice Ball

1892-1916, USA
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– First woman and African-American Masters graduate from the University of Hawaii.
– Developed a leprosy treatment that was still in use until the 1940s.
– However, after her death, the president of the university took credit for her treatment.

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Alice Augusta Ball (July 24, 1892 – December 31, 1916) was an African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract that was the most effective treatment for leprosy until the 1940s.[1] She was also the first woman and first African American to graduate from the University of Hawaii with a master’s degree.[2] Early life […] read more

Chien-Shiung Wu

1912-1997, China/USA
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– The “Wu experiment” disproved conservation of parity: thought to be a law of nature.
– Worked on the Manhattan Project, and made significant contributions to radioactivity research.
– Was a fierce advocate of social justice in her later years.

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Chien-Shiung Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴健雄; traditional Chinese: 吳健雄; pinyin: Wú Jiànxióng; May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese-American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous […] read more

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Women are half of the population but hold only about a quarter of the science and engineering jobs in the US. As well, despite women receiving roughly half of the PhDs, they only hold less than a quarter of professorships.

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“I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls.”
~ Sally Ride

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Although there is still much work to be done, things are better than they used to be. For this, we owe a huge thanks to the trailblazing efforts of many women of STEM.