Women in STEM from A to Z – #AtoZchallenge

Every April for the last three years, I have participated in the “Blogging from A to Z” challenge. It took me a while, but I finally came up with a theme for this year and I’m going with it.


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These are fields that up to 50 years ago were almost entirely dominated by men. Nowadays, men still dominate in many of these fields, but women are taking their places alongside the men and doing some amazing work.

This month, I will try to highlight at least one woman per day who has made important contributions in STEM fields. I’ll also try to list some other women and welcome everyone to add additional names in the comments.

The month launches on Friday April 1 with the letter A.

The schedule for the month
The schedule for the month

In the comments of this post, please feel free to suggest women to highlight – especially for those ‘hard’ letters like Q, V, X, and Z (although I do have some Z’s already!).

Keep checking this space for the posts throughout the month.

A is for Mary Anning
B is for Elizabeth Blackburn
C is for Marie Curie
D is for Mildred Dresselhaus
E is for Tilly Edinger
F is for Rosalind Franklin
G is for Kate Gleason
H is for Caroline Herschel
I is for Agnes Ibbetson
J is for Mae Jemison
K is for Sofia Kovalevskaya
L is for Ada Lovelace
M is for Lise Meitner
N is for Florence Nightingale
O is for Eleanor Anne Ormerod
P is for Cecilia Payne
Q is for Helen Quinn
R is for Sally Ride
S is for Marie Stopes
T is for Beatrice Tucker
U is for Praskovya Uvarova
V is for Jeanne Villepreux-Power
W is for Chien-Shiung Wu
X is for Zhen Xu
Y is for Roslyn Sussman Yalow
Z is for Ban Zhao



2015: Beer
2014: Cameras
2013: Paleocene mammals

1 Comment

  1. Clarice says:

    This sounds great! Maybe Edith Quimby or Karen Vogtmann? One did work with radiology and another did mathematics associated with geometric descriptions of space I think?

    Looking forward to following along! This is my first A to Z challenge and I’m having fun seeing what everyone else is writing about.

    Clarice from
    Clarice Creates


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