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Edie Windsor

Edith “Edie” Windsor was an LGBT rights activist and technology manager at IBM. She became an gay rights icon in 2013 when she sued the federal government to recognise her same-sex marriage which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, giving same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time. Windsor was born …

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Katherine McCormick

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Catherine Haustein Godmother to the birth control pill–Katharine Dexter McCormick Katharine Dexter was the first woman to get a science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in biology in 1904. The curriculum was research heavy and besides the demanding work, she had to …

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Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. She was the first-ever female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal prize and the first Iranian to be honoured with the award. Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran. She attended Farzanegan School, which was part of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents. In …

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Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn is the former team principal of the Sauber Formula One team, and was the first woman to become a team principal in Formula One. Kaltenborn was born in Dehradun, India. At the age of 8, her family emigrated to Austria and she continued her education in Vienna, during which time she gained Austrian Citizenship. While at the …

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Valentina Tereshkova

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by @rozihathaway.  Valentina Tereshkova is a Russian cosmonaut and the first woman to have flown in space. Tereshkova was born in Maslennikovo, a small town in the Yaroslavl Region. She began school late, when she was eight years old and had to leave at 17 to help …

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Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. She was a pioneer in computer technology, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, which led to the widely used COBOL language. Hopper was born in 1906 in New York City. As a child, she became interested in how …

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Caroline Herschel

Today’s Illustrated Women in History is a written submission by James Purvis. Caroline Herschel 1750 – 1848 Caroline Herschel was an astronomer and singer, and was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science. At the age of 22 Herschel, who had received training in music against the wishes of her mother, …