In this lesson students will be learning about the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, as well as her work after NASA in outreach for young girls in astrophysics.
Students will be introduced to the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and consider the importance of diversity.
Students will learn about the institutionalized discrimination of women scientists and their struggles for employment.
Students will learn about the significance of scientific writing, the significance of two writers from the early eighteen hundreds, and will practice writing themselves.
Students will learn about different disabilities, how they affect a scientist's ability to participate in academic conferences, and the policies intended to lessen their obstacles.
Female scientists have often struggled for recognition because of their gender. Students will learn about some of these less well-known figures in the history of science.
Students will learn about Leona Woods Marshall Libby, who worked on the Manhattan Project and afterward had a successful and diverse career as a research physicist, while also discussing the value of interdisciplinary research.
Students will learn about how women in physics were affected by World War II, and how a few women forged successful scientific careers despite marginalization.
Students will learn about Maria Mitchell, the first professional woman astronomer.