Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: In Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Women’s History Month and the National Women’s History Project

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The stories of women’s historic achievements present an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction of living a full and purposeful life.

The knowledge of women’s history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. This perspective can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and can give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.

The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields.  The following women are buried at Mount Auburn:

 Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979)
Lot # 9243, Begonia Path
Physicist, inventor of “invisible” glass

 Lucretia Crocker (1829-1886)
Lot #4518, Wegeilia Path
First woman supervisor of the Boston Public
Schools, pioneered the discovery method of
teaching mathematics and natural sciences

 Williamina Stevens Fleming (1857 – 1911)
Lot #6188, Maple Avenue

 Lois Lilley Howe (1864 – 1964)
Lot #24, Olive Path
Architect, with Manning & Almy – first
woman’s architectural firm in Boston,
second in country, second woman elected to
the American Institute of Architects

 Dr. Harriot Kezia Hunt (1805 – 1875)
Lot#2147, Poplar Avenue
Homeopathic and holistic physician,
possibly first female physician in US

 Dr. Sara Murray Jordan (Mower)
(1884 – 1959)
Lot #8152, Narcissus Path
Noted Gastroenterologist, first female
physician at Lahey Clinic, JFK’s personal MD

 Janet Mattei (1943 – 2004)
Lot #11000, C47, Willow Pond Knoll
Astronomer, director of the American
Association of Variable Star Observers from
1973 to 2004

 Eleanor Raymond (1887 – 1989)
Lot #637, Greenbrier Path
Architect, designed first solar house and
considered to have designed the first,
true modern house in New England

 Bernice Giduz Schubert (1913-2000)
Lot #11006, Spruce Knoll
Plant Taxonimist

 Emily Fairbanks & Marion Talbot
Lot #3504, Angelica Path
Female Educators, Formed an association of
women graduates

 Dr. Helen Taussig (1898 – 1986)
Lot#6188, Columbine Path
Noted Pediatric Cardiologist

 Helen Meriwether (Lewis) Thomas
(1905 – 1997)
Lot #8474, Thyme Path
Historian of science, astronomer, engineer