National Women’s History Month

March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

March is the 30th Anniversary of the National Women’s History Project. The theme for the 30th anniversary is Writing Women Back into History! Girlstart has highlighted just a few influential women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) below.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College and became the first woman to receive an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree from an American Medical School.  With her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.

Going into college, Dr. Virginia Apgar knew that she wanted to become a doctor.  After trying out being a surgeon for a while, Apgar entered the realm of anesthesiology.  In 1952, through her research in obstetrical anesthesia that she developed the “Apgar Score,” the internationally known measurement of a newborn’s chance of survival.

In 1973, Shirley Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in physics.  She was later appointed head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Bill Clinton.  In 1999, Jackson became the first female and first African American President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space.  Dr. Ride graduated from Stanford University with a doctorate degree in Physics in 1978.  On June 18, 1983, Dr. Ride was a mission specialist on the STS-7 where she spent 147 days in space.

Under the George Bush Presidency in 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello became the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General. As surgeon general, Novello worked to improve the awareness of the health of young people, women, and minorities.

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Elizabeth Avellán at Expanding Your Horizons Green River

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