19 Mar Untold History of Women in Science and Technology
Listen to women from across the Obama Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Honor their legacy by committing to encourage a young woman to pursue a career in science. Below are just a few of the women who’s stories are highlighted:
Ruth Rogan Benerito was an American chemist and pioneer in bioproducts. Benerito is credited with saving the cotton industry in post-WWII America through her discovery of a process to produce wrinkle-free, stain-free, and flame-resistant cotton fabrics. In addition to this work, Benerito also developed a method to harvest fats from seeds for use in intravenous feeding of medical patients. This system became the foundation for the system we use today. After retiring from the USDA and teaching university courses for an additional 11 years, Benerito received the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award both for her contributions to the textile industry and her commitment to education.
Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and environmentalist — whose groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, has been credited as the catalyst for the modern environmental movement. arson passed away in 1964, but her work has been credited with the legacy of “awakening the concern of Americans for the environment.”
Lydia Villa-Komaroff is considered to be a trailblazer in the field of molecular biology. She faced many adversities she faced throughout her lifetime — at one point, an advisor told her that women did not belong in chemistry, fortuitously inspiring her to switch her major to biology — but she pursued her passion in spite of opposition. In 1978, Villa-Komaroff made waves with a published paper detailing her most notable discovery — that bacteria could be engineered to produce human insulin. She currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Cytonome/ST.
Listen to these stories and more, as told by women in the Obama Administration, at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/node/311241.
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