6 Women Whose Little-Known Research Led the Way in STEM

Take a look at six women in STEM who transformed their fields through their work — from pioneering ecology to viral immunology research.

As nations around the globe grapple with complex scientific problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic, women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) continue to shape our understanding of the world and make pivotal discoveries that will inform life for generations to come.

A 2019 study suggests that, although career opportunities for women in STEM fields are on the rise, ninety-one percent say that gender discrimination continues to be an obstacle. Another report reveals that eighty-two percent of women in STEM have had their contributions ignored at work.

Earlier this year, Katherine Johnson, the American mathematician who made calculations for NASA on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, and one of the women who inspired the film Hidden Figures, passed away. Her death reminded us of both the groundbreaking work of women in STEM fields and the many ways in which they’ve been overlooked and under-recognized.

Here’s a look at six women in STEM who, like Johnson, transformed their fields through their work.

1. Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Marine biologist Rachel Carson in 1944 as an employee of the U.S. …
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