The Untold Stories of Women in STEM
By Anjali Dubey
Since time immemorial, women have always been active contributors in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These women have been in the shadows that they are too often spoken of today as if they were a footnote. Although they have long been overlooked, women in STEM never cease to amaze us with their work and dedication to the field, and even if you don't agree with some of these ideas, these stories will give you an idea on what it means to be a woman in STEM today.
Anna Roque de Duprey: Marie Curie wasn't the only woman scientist who had many children and a passion for science. Anna Roque de Duprey is a French physicist whose work in cosmic rays was incredible. She devoted her life to the study of physics and was married to another scientist, Dr. George Duprey, with whom she had four children. She worked alongside Dr. George at the University of Paris teaching physics and mathematics.
Lilian Gilbrerth: Gilbrerth was a physicist who proved that subatomic particles are particles and not waves. She was the first woman to receive a PhD from Purdue University, and she also led the team that won a Nobel Prize for inventing masers, which would later be used in the invention of lasers and fiber optics.
Ruth Rogan Benerito: Benerito was a civil engineer who is known for being the first woman to receive a professional license in California. She created two major bridges, including the Isabella Lake Bridge and the Coronado Bridge.
Edith Clarke: Clarke was the first woman to be professionally employed as an electrical engineer in the United States and the first female electrical engineer in the country. She paved the way for women in STEM and was posthumously inducted in the Inventors Hall of Fame joining Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla for her invention of the Clarke Calculator.
These women have changed history. They have broken seemingly impenetrable barriers and made inventions that have changed the course of history forever. With their persistence and courage, they have and will continue to be inspirations for young women and girls in STEM.