A brilliant article which gives an insight into the contributions of unsung female heroes of the science world:
“Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000) is known to most people as a movie star who ruled the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s, but that’s just part of her story. Born Jewish in Vienna, she helped her mother escape from Austria. After a short, unhappy marriage to an arms dealer, she was discovered by Louis Mayer, who moved her to Hollywood and billed her as “the world’s most beautiful woman.” She was bored by the roles she was given, though, so in her spare time she turned to inventing. In 1941, she designed the technology that kept submarines on course and is still used in Bluetooth today — and appeared in three blockbuster movies!”
“Mary G. Ross (1908–2008), the great-granddaughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross, taught high school math and science in Oklahoma during the Depression. During World War II, she landed a job with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), which hired women only because so many men were serving in the military (think, Rosie the Riveter). Before long she was promoted to Skunk Works, the company’s now-famous department of advanced and secret projects. In addition to designing anti-ballistic missile defense systems, she also worked on the rockets used in the Apollo space program. One of her biggest projects was the NASA Planetary Flight Handbook, about space travel to Mars and Venus.”
If these stories don’t inspire you to get involved in engineering and make a difference in the world- I don’t know what will!
Give it a read and share your inspirational females in the comments below!