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Womens History Month

Women’s History Month: Women you should know who changed the world

Behind some of the most fascinating discoveries and innovations and bold social changes are women whose names might not be familiar but whose stories are worth knowing. Of course, there are far too many to all fit on one list. But here are a handful of profiles from The Conversation that highlight the brilliance, grit, and unique perspectives of some of the women in history who made huge leaps in math, physics, and geoscience – plus leaders of great cultural and political significance.


Nutrition is among the most critical issues of our time. Diet-related illnesses are shortening life spans and the lack of conveniently located and …
Globetrotting Black nutritionist Flemmie P. Kittrell revolutionized early childhood education and illuminated ‘hidden hunger’ – Brandy Thomas Wells


The U.S. Mint is issuing four years of quarters featuring the likenesses of American women who contributed to “the development and history of our …
After Hollywood thwarted Anna May Wong, the actress took matters into her own hands – Shirley J. Lim


The invader, puffed out into the shape of a ball, fluttered one wing straight up in the air. He sang constantly and softly, incomplete songs in rapid …​​​​​​​
Margaret Morse Nice thought like a song sparrow and changed how scientists understand animal behavior – Kristoffer Whitney


When Albert Einstein wrote an obituary for Emmy Noether in 1935, he described her as a “creative mathematical genius” who – despite “unselfish, …​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Emmy Noether faced sexism and Nazism – 100 years later her contributions to ring theory still influence modern math – Tamar Lichter Blanks


Long before the current political divide over climate change, and even before the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), an American scientist named Eunice …​​​​​​​
Scientists understood physics of climate change in the 1800s – thanks to a woman named Eunice Foote – Sylvia G. Dee


If you fish in your pocket or purse for a U.S. quarter today, there’s a chance you’ll see Wilma Mankiller’s face. She was the Cherokee Nation’s first …​​​​​​​
Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of Cherokee Nation, led with compassion and continues to inspire today – Julie Reed

Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren was an activist who fought for women’s voting rights during the 20th century. She was the first Latina to…​​​​​​​
Nina Otero-Warren – Latina champion of women’s voting rights and education in New Mexico – now graces US quarters – Anna María Nogar


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