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2013 Honorees & Nominees

For March 2013, the National Women’s History Project selected the theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” It is with great pleasure that we announce the Honorees for National Women’s History Month 2013. The 18 women chosen are all extraordinary visionaries and role models in the STEM fields, where women are still noticeably underrepresented.

The 2013 Honorees represent a remarkable range of accomplishments and a wide diversity of specialties including medicine, robotics, computer programming, atmospheric chemistry, architecture and primatology. These women’s lives and work span the centuries of American history and come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are proud to honor them and all women seeking to advance these important fields.

We extend our sincere thanks to our supporters, who nominated over 115 outstanding women. The Selection Committee faced a very difficult task in narrowing the list to 18. We also want to congratulate and celebrate all of the notable women who were nominated. A complete list follows of the 18 Honorees for 2013.


2013 Honoree Nominees

Alexis Abramson (1973)
Mechanical Engineer

Ann Bancroft (1955)
Explorer, Educator

Florence Bascom (1862-1945)

Helen M. Berman (1943)
Structural Biologist

Anita Borg (1949–2003)
Computer Scientist

Trena Brannon (1961)
Logistical Engineer

Yvonne Brill (1924)

Rachel Fuller Brown
Chemist, Inventor

Tamara Brown (1971)
Chemical Engineer, Founder of Tech Savvy

Linda Buck (1947)
Physiologist, Nobel Prize Laureate

Annie Jump Cannon
(1863–1941) Astronomer,
Co-Creator of Harvard Classification Scheme for Stars

Sherita Ceasar (1969)
Mechanical Engineer

Mary Cleave (1947)
Astronaut, Engineer

Rachel Carson (1907– 1964)
Marine Biologist, Conservationist, Author

Mildred Cohn (1913–2009)
Biological Chemist

Jane Colden (1724–1766)

Gerty Cori (1896–1957)
Biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate

Donna J. Dean (1947)

Olive Wetzel Dennis
(1885–1957) Civil Engineer

Gail de Planque (1944–2010)

Kimberly Drake (1970)

Mildred Dresselhaus (1930)
Electrical Engineer

Bonnie Dunbar (1949)

Sylvia Earle (1935)
Oceanographer, Conservationist

Gertrude Belle Elion
Chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate
Thelma Estrin (1924)
Computer Scientist

Alice Evans (1881–1975)

Irmgard Flugge-Lotz
Mathematician, Engineer

Wally Funk (1939)
Among the original Mercury 13 Women Astronauts

Catherine Furbish (1834–1931)

Eileen Game (1955)
Computer Scientist

Katharine Gibbs (1863–1934)
Founder of Katharine Gibbs School

Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Efficiency-Management Expert

Kate Gleason (1865–1933)
1st Woman Engineering Student at Cornell University

Maria Goeppert-Mayer
Physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate

Lois Graham (1946)
Mechanical Engineer

Alison Harlow (1934)
Mathematician, Co-Founder of the Covenant of the Goddess

Margaret Harwood
(1885–1979) Astronomer

Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890–1980)

Elizabeth Lee Hazen
Bacteriologist, Inventor

Beatrice A. Hicks (1919–1979)

Susan Hockfield (1951)
Neurobiologist, 16th President of MIT

E. Dorrit Hoffleit (1907–2007)

Erna Schneider Hoover (1926)
Inventor, Received Early Computer Software Patents

Shirley Ann Jackson (1946)
Theoretical Physicist, 1st Black Woman to Earn Doctorate at MIT

F. Suzanne Jenniches (1948)

Teresa E. Jordan (1953)

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914)
Physician, Pharmacologist

Stephanie Kwolekn (1965)
Chemist, Inventor of Kevlar Vests

Christine Ladd-Franklin
(1847–1930) Mathematician

Caitlin Lamoreaux
Math Educator

Phoebe Starfield Leboy
(1913–2012) Biochemist

Carolyn R. Mahoney

Joanna O. Masingila (1960)

Martha Dartt Maxwell
(1831–1881) Taxidermist

Barbara McClintock
(1902–1992) Cytogeneticist, Nobel Prize Laureate

Maria Mitchell Maria
(1818–1889) Astronomer, Discovered Telescopic Comet
Ellen Ochoa (1958)
Astronaut, Inventor

Sue Caley Opsal (1967)
Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

Claire L. Parkinson (1948)
Climate Change Scientist

Ruth Patrick (1907)
Botanist, Limnologist

Mary Engle Pennington
Bacteriological Chemist

Jeanne Pincha–Tulley (1958)
Forest Service Firefighter, 1st Woman Incident Cmndr. Type 1

Judith Graham Pool
(1919–1975) Physiologist

Lisa Randall (1962)
Theoretical Physicist

Dixy Lee Ray (1914–1994)
Marine Biologist, Chaired the Atomic Energy Commission

Sally Ride (1951–2012)
1st U.S. Woman in Space

Judith Resnik (1949–1986)
2nd U.S. Woman in Space

Ellen Swallow Richards
(1842–1911) Chemist
1st Woman Graduate from MIT

Julia Robinson (1919–1985)

Terri Roessler (1963)
Management Innovator

Vera Rubin (1928)

Florence Sabin (1871–1953)
Physician, Medical Scientist

Heidi Schreuder-Gibson (1958)
Polymer Scientist

Florence B. Seibert (1897–1991)

Ellen Churchill Semple
(1863–1932) Geographer

Maude Slye (1879–1954)
Pathologist, Cancer Researcher

Nettie Stevens (1861–1912)

Harriet Williams Russell Strong (1844–1926)
Inventor, Agricultural Entrepreneur


Maria Telkes (1900–1995)
Physical Chemist, Solar Engineer, Inventor

Julie Theriot (1967)

Marjolein Van der Meulen (1965)
Biomedical Engineer

Sophie Vanceboro (1962)
Electrical Engineer

Sheila Widnall (1938)
Astrophysicist, 1st woman head
of U.S. Military branch, Air Force

Y.C.L. (Susan) Wu (1932)
Aerospace Engineer

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912–1997)

Rosalyn Yalow (1921–2011)
Medical Physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate



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