Tapputi Belatekallim, the First Chemist

The first recorded chemists were two women. How do we know? This clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia, dated to around 1200 BCE, whose inscription describes Tapputi-Belatekalllim and “(—-).ninu‚” (who we’ll call Ninu). The writing was...

STEM Girls: Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was born in Cairo in 1910. Her father was working in the Egyptian Education Service, but soon moved to the Sudan to become the Director of Education and Antiquities. Her mother was involved in her father’s work, but became an authority...

STEM Girls: Ada E. Yonath

Ada E. Yonath was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a poor family. As a child, she actively investigated the world around her and took an interest in her father’s medical conditions. Her parents enabled her to obtain a formal education at prestigious secular grammar...

STEM Girls: Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards

Today, Home Economics classes are generally considered dreary and outdated, but they might not exist at all without Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards. Born in 1842, Ellen was the first woman to be admitted to MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and also...

Big Hero 6 is a STEM Movie Must for Girls

I just went to see Big Hero 6, the new superhero movie from Disney, and it is fantastic! Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamata, a 14-year-old robotics genius in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. His older brother, Tadashi, introduces him to his friends at the...

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