Category Archives: Educators

Indra Devi, the First Lady of Yoga

In a huge departure from the women I usually write about, I’d like to introduce our readers to a woman who practiced the ancient discipline of yoga. Yoga was the domain of men from its inception. The earliest visual evidence … Continue reading

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Emmy Noether – Original in More Ways Than One

“Fraulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”  ~ Albert Einstein If you ask anyone to name a famous woman mathematician, the names that come to mind will usually … Continue reading

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Laura Bassi – Italian Physicist (1711 – 1778)

The entrance of women into the sciences has been a long process beginning several centuries ago. It’s not easy to find these women in the 18th century, but those that made a name for themselves did so because they were … Continue reading

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Mary McLeod Bethune – “Genius Knows No Racial Barriers”

In 1904, a young woman with faith in God and a passion for education opened a school in Daytona Florida with $1.50 and five young African-American girls. Over the next fourteen years, the school would add a four-story building containing … Continue reading

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Sonya Kovalevsky – A Marriage of Convenience

“Ask him to marry one of us?  You’re crazy,” said Inez. “It’s the perfect solution”, replied Sonya’s sister Anyuta.  “A lot of people are doing it.  Women can’t study in Russia.  At least the aristocracy can’t. It’s considered improper,” as … Continue reading

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