“It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man, the important thing is your determination.”

Despite a long history of gender inequality in STEM fields, women have contributed to and continue to contribute to many of the greatest global STEM developments. From programmers of the world’s first electronic computer to space archaeologists and Higgs Boson physicists, women continue to make their mark in history. Take a look at some of the remarkable achievements of women over time…

Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner was the second woman to receive a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Vienna. She discovered that uranium atoms were split when bombarded with neutrons, which eventually led to the atomic bomb.

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin was a biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who played a key role in developing our modern understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite

Kathleen “Kay” McNulty

Kay McNulty was one of the six original programmers of the ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer. Kay accepted her job as a “computer” in 1942 at a starting annual salary of $1,620, and three years later she was selected to be one of its first programmers.

Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola is the coordinator for the world’s biggest science experiment, occupying one of the top jobs in science as a Higgs Boson physicist.

“This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure.”

Marissa Mayer

CEO of Yahoo, former engineer at Google. “There is such a stereotype of the hacker; the pasty-skinned guy with the thick glasses, the pocket protector, the blue glow coming off of the monitor … people think if they’re going to be good at this, that’s what they need to be. You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.”

Dr Sarah Parcak

Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist who uses satellites, initially designed for use by the military, to identify potential sub-surface remains. “When people initially think of the term “space archaeologist” they think ‘oh it’s someone who uses satellites to look for alien settlements on Mars or in outer space’ but the opposite is true — we’re actually looking for evidence of past human life on planet earth.”

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