Happy Women’s History Month! We’re celebrating by sharing the stories of a few pioneering, inspirational women in STEM/STEAM. We saw that you loved (and shared!) one of our favorite posts, 7 women in STEM that every kid should know, so we’re bringing you another roundup of 5 awesome women who made huge developments in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.
Read about these innovative women right now.
1. Sangeeta Bhatia
Photography via MIT
Sangeeta is a biotech engineer and she’s changing the way our bodies heal. Her research is focused on applying micro and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration. In short, this technology can find new ways to fight diseases like cancer. Wow.
Want to know more about Sangeeta and her research on nanotechnology? Watch her TED Talk below.
2. Shirley Ann Jackson
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Shirley Ann is a physicist and the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree at MIT. She is credited with making key advances in science, including conducting scientific research that created a pathway for other scientists to invent solar cells, fax machines, call waiting, caller ID, and more!
And what is life as a scientist like? Check out this short interview with Shirley Ann to find out.
Oh, and want to know why engineering is fun? Find out in this bonus video.
3. Wang Zhenyi
Photography via Fresh Photons
Wang was a female scientist from the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty in China. One of Wang’s most notable achievements was her ability to prove how equinoxes move and how to predict their movement. Besides being a noted astronomer, Wang was also a poet! Pretty cool, huh?
Wang passed away at age 29 in 1797. Learn more about her life here in this podcast clip.
4. Jane Goodall
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Jane is a British primatologist and anthropologist, most famously known for her work with chimpanzees. She has studied chimps for over 50 years, and is the leading expert on teaching the world about these complex animals. This National Geographic video chronicles her journey with chimpanzees, starting in 1960.
Are you curious about chimpanzees? Want to learn more? Watch Jane’s insightful TED Talk below.
5. Patricia Bath
Photography via Biography
Patricia has literally changed the way we see the world. She is an ophthalmologist and invented and patented the Laserphaco Probe, which removes cataracts with a laser! Patricia is also an advocate in blindness prevention, and she was the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.
Get more details on Patricia’s contribution to health and wellness in this video: