Mary Eliza Mahoney

In 1879, Mary Eliza Mahoney graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children, becoming the first black professional nurse in America

Beatrice Medicine

Beatrice Medicine, Standing Rock Sioux anthropologist, was born today in 1923. She focused on the roles of Lakota women in changes facing their cultures in areas including bilingual education, alcohol and drug use, abuse, socialization of children, and identity needs, author of Learning to Be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native.

Maria Mitchell

The first female astronomer in the United States, Maria Mitchell was also the first American scientist to discover a comet, which brought her international acclaim. Additionally, she was an early advocate for science and math education for girls and the first female astronomy professor.  She was born today in 1818.