Celebrating Famous Female Scientists Who Have Impacted the World

Photo: Astronomer Dr. Sarah Ballard.

Throughout history, women have played a role in shaping society through their contributions to scientific fields ranging from engineering to astronomy to chemistry. Whether during Women's History Month or at another time during the school year, you can shed light on famous female scientists' accomplishments to give students a glimpse into those who have profoundly impacted society.

Famous Women in Science

You can download these six posters to distribute to your students or hang up in your classroom. The featured women in science, who come from a variety of scientific disciplines, include:

  • Dr. Sarah Ballard, astronomer: She uses the transit-timing variation method to detect exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system.
  • Olivia Lum, research chemist: She started a company that develops solutions to supply clean drinking water in countries worldwide.
  • Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes, volcanologist: She studies volcanoes on Earth as well as on Io, a moon of Jupiter, and Titan, a moon of Saturn.
  • Dr. Meghan Leftwich, mechanical engineer: She investigates natural fluid dynamics phenomena and applies her findings to engineering problems.
  • Dr. Mayra Artiles, car engineer: She was a car engineer, primarily for hybrid vehicles, who then studied diversity in engineering as a PhD student.
  • Barbara Belmont, analytical chemist: She uses analytical methods such as gas chromatography to determine if manufactured products meet regulation standards.


Read more about famous women in science and their accomplishments in HMH Science Dimensions for Grades K–12.

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