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Mary Somerville

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Woman in History was submitted by Catherine Haustein A Passion for Science: Mary Somerville Mary Somerville was born in Scotland on Dec. 26, 1780, and had four supreme passions in her life: her family, equality for women, science, and birds. Described as feminine in manner and appearance, as a girl …

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Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov is an American computer scientist. She is the winner of the 2008 A.M. Turing Award, the highest honour in computer science, for her “pioneering work in the design of computer programming languages.” Liskov was one of only two women in her class when she studied for her BA Mathematics (minoring in Physics) at University of …

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is an activist, primatologist and anthropologist who is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall was born in London, and at a young age was given a toy chimpanzee which inspired her lifelong love of animals. She travelled to a friends farm in Kenya in 1957, where she met notable Kenyan archaeologist and …

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Frances Glessner Lee

Frances Glessner Lee is known as the ‘mother of forensic science’ for her creation of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, most of which are still used for training homicide investigators. Glessner Lee was born in Chicago to a wealthy family, but the privilege of wealth was not enough to allow her same education as her …

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Efua Dorkenoo

Efua Dorkenoo, affectionately known as ‘Mama Efua’ was a Ghanaian-British campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM) who pioneered the global movement to end the practice. Dorkenoo began her career in health while working as a staff nurse at various hospitals including the Royal Free. While training as a midwife, she became aware of the practise of FGM while …

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Yi So-yeon

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Taylor Anne Mordoh. It is featured in the Illustrated Women in History zine #5 which is available here http://etsy.me/2nMhm6n Yi So-yeon is an astronaut and biotechnologist who became the first Korean to fly in space. Yi was born and raised in Gwangju, South Korea. In 2006, …

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Sophia Jex-Blake

Sophia Jex-Blake was an English physician and feminist who led the Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British university. Jex-Blake was dissuaded from pursing an education by her parents, who did not believe that women were entitled to equal education. She eventually managed to attend Queen’s College, where she impressed the faculty …

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Marie Stopes

This weeks biography of a woman in history was submitted by Claire Healey Marie Stopes – Sex Advisor Extraordinaire Marie Stopes began her career as a scientist, studying botany and geology. She excelled in academia (despite the fact that she was initially not allowed to attend lectures, and after taking, and passing the same examinations as …

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Mary Anning

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Taylor Anne Mordoh Mary Anning was a British Paleontologist and Geologist who was named in 2010 by the Royal Society as one of the ten most influential British women in scientific history. Born in 1799 Mary Anning first became known as a teenager as a fossil …

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Hilda Leyel

Hilda Leyel (also known as Mrs C F Leyel) was an expert on herbalism and founded the Society of Herbalists (now known as the Herb Society) Leyel developed a love of herbs and flowers at a young age, and after completing her education at Uppingham School went on to study medicine. She developed an interest in herbalism, studying …