Mary Jackson was born on April 9, 1921 in Hampton, Virginia, and grew up during the Jim Crow Era in which segregation and discrimination against black Americans was legalized and systemic. Despite the social and legal adversity she faced as a black woman, Jackson graduated from Hampton Institute in 1942 with degrees in both mathematics and physical sciences. In 1951 Jackson was recruited by NACA, NASA’s predecessor, and worked in the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory’s West Area Computers for two years. Jackson then began to work alongside NASA’s engineers and was encouraged to enter a training program to become an engineer … Continue reading Amazing Women Spotlight: Mary Jackson
“No one should buy justice in a land that boasts that justice is free“
Alice Guy-Blache was a pioneer in filmmaking and was the first directors to make a narrative fiction film.Continue reading “First in their Field: Alice Guy-Blache”
Anne McDowell was the first American woman to publish a newspaper completely run by women.Continue reading “First In Their Field: Anne McDowell”
“When you discover new things every minute and your mind is absorbing so many experiences, it feels like time expands.”Continue reading “First in Their Field: Samantha Cristoforetti”
The air is the only place free from prejudices. – Bessie Coleman
6 women who defied gravity and became pioneers of the sky.
The first female Chinese American physician in California, Margaret Chung was a healer, a patriot, a political activist, a humanitarian, a socialite and a “Mom” to hundreds of military pilots who served in the 30s and 40s. Continue reading “First in their Field: Margaret Chung”
“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” – Frances Willard Continue reading “First in Their Field: Frances Willard”
In 1909 Lyda Conley became the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Before Mary Shelley and Frankenstein there was another woman who wrote of supernatural horrors. Continue reading “The Mother of Gothic Literature”