What about Katherine Johnson, have you heard of her? Johnson was one of the three first black women to attend West Virginia University, and joined NASA in 1953. Falling in love with mathematics from a young age, Johnson was responsible for calculating the trajectory for Project Mercury (the first man to fly into space) and the Apollo 11 (man’s journey to the moon). Johnson, along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, helped put man on the moon in 1969. Despite being made to work in segregated conditions due to the colour of their skin, and not being made to feel equal because of their gender, these ladies worked tirelessly as human calculators (they didn’t exist back then) which ultimately led to America winning the Space Race. These are truly remarkable women who have only recently been given recognition after their untold story became an Oscar nominated film, Hidden Figures. I highly recommend watching!
These are just a few astounding female mathematicians which have been mentioned. There are many more, and more yet to come! Today, there are hundreds of thousands of women in the field of mathematics; driving the boundaries of knowledge, breaking the glass ceiling of what can be accomplished. But it is important we don’t forget the brave women who defied the constrictions of their time and paved the way for others to follow. Strength has no gender. Gender has no limitations.