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IST 605: Pioneer Women in STEM


In the history of science and technology, men are often highlighted for their discoveries and creations, however women have also been pioneers in their own right.  The purpose of this research guide is to educate students on the contributions, history, and biography of notable women in science,technology, engineering and mathematics. Additionally, this research guide is meant to highlight a minority group who is often overlooked in their fields. Through these resources, students can discover the many pioneer women in STEM fields and how their work affected and changed our society.  The guide highlights different women in various fields such as physics, biology, and computer science. Books and other resources are provided for specific women such as Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall, and Admiral Grace Hopper. The guide also lists general books and resources that cover black and american women in STEM.  Lastly, useful databases that specialize in science are listed to help provide students the tools to find additional information on women in STEM if they choose.

Marie Curie

Ada Lovelace

Rosalind Franklin

Jane Goodall

Admiral Grace Hopper



Work Cited

Abergel, Rebecca, et al. “The Enduring Legacy of Marie Curie: Impacts of Radium in 21st

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“Biography of Grace Murray Hopper.” Office of the President, 9 Aug. 2017,

Bradshaw. (2013). The Genius Of Marie Curie: The Woman Who Lit Up The World. British


Broadcasting Corporation.


Cobb, & Comfort, N. (2023). What Rosalind Franklin truly contributed to the discovery of DNA’s


structure. Nature (London), 616(7958), 657–660.


“Dr. Rosalind Franklin.” Rosalind Franklin University, Accessed 6 Aug. 2023.

Essinger. (2014). Ada’s algorithm : how Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital


age. Melville House.


Holmes. (2015). Enchantress of abstraction: Richard Holmes re-examines the legacy of Ada


Lovelace, mathematician and computer pioneer.(COMPUTER SCIENCE). Nature


(London), 525(7567), 30–.


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Aug. 2023.

Maddox. (2002). Rosalind Franklin : the dark lady of DNA (1st ed.). HarperCollins.


“Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees : Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 : Free Download, Borrow,


and Streaming.” Internet Archive, 1 Jan. 1965,


Peterson, Dale. Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man. Mariner Books, 2008.

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Warren, Wini. Black Women Scientists in the United States. Indiana University Press, 1999.

Wayne, Tiffany K. American Women of Science since 1900. ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Zwolak, Justyna. “Ada Lovelace: The World’s First Computer Programmer Who Predicted

Artificial Intelligence.” NIST, 28 June 2023,