March is Women's History Month and the theme this year is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics".
We celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics year round at the USA Science & Engineering Festival so of course we are thrilled with the choice of theme this year. All month long we will continue to honor Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement; however we will turn our focus to women in STEM. The scientists and engineers selected for this series have been chosen because they are true heroes and super stars, the epitome of innovation, technological advancement and persistence. These influential scientists and engineers serve as great examples for the next generation seeking a career in STEM.
Here is a sneak peek on influential female scientists and engineers we have profiled in this series:
Marie M. Daly: She was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the U.S. Her research was among the first to establish a link between heart disease and smoking, cholesterol and hypertension.
Sally Ride:This pioneering Astronaut and Physicist was the first American Woman and the youngest American in space. She later established Sally Ride Science, an educational company which continues to inspire young people to pursue their love of STEM.
Virginia Apgar: The New York anesthesiologist-researcher who helped establish the field of modern neonatology, and created the newborn APGAR Scoring System in 1953 – a simple but important test administered at birth to determine the physical health of infants. This test is responsible for helping to dramatically reduce infant mortality over the last 50 years.
Jane Goodall: Famed Primatologist and Conservationist, Jane Goodall is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Her research of primates has led the way to giving us valuable insight into our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
Congratulations to these women for achieving great success in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics!
Stay tuned this month as we continue to celebrate Women's History Month by profiling some more amazing female role models in STEM.
To view all of our STEM Role Models click here.