These women made significant improvements and innovations in agriculture, personal care, office products, machinery, and the home.
- Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
This printable book highlights the achievements of 16 women in STEM fields. Students will read about scientific discoveries and inventions by Gertrude Elion, Ada Byron, Emmy Noether, Rosalind Franklin, Stephanie Kwolek, Florence Parpart, Margaret Knight, Alice Parker, Grace Hopper, Valerie Thomas, Mary Walton, and Ida Noddack.
- Sarah Boone
Sarah Boone patented the ironing board in 1892. In this printable, children read about Sarah Boone, a famous African-American inventor, and color in the picture.
Women in Science
From anthropology to radioactivity, learn about the work of women scientists whose inventions, discoveries, and ideas have revolutionized their fields.
- Up Close: Jane Goodall Discussion Guide
Learn about the life and work of primatologist Jane Goodall with your students. Use the questions in this guide for Up Close: Jane Goodall, a biography by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, to promote critical thinking and start a class discussion about Jane Goodall's love of animals, her study of chimpanzees, and her efforts to stop habitat destruction.
- Margaret Mead Reading Printable + Activities
Read about Margaret Mead's achievements, and explore the related activities to learn more about this pioneering anthropologist. Her techniques for note-taking, interviewing, observing, and photographing continue to be used by cultural anthropologists today.
- Joanne Simpson, Meteorologist
Joanne Simpson, a professor of meteorology, did extensive work on cloud-seeding and conducted experimental work in hurricane modification. Learn more about her career in science through this biography and related activities.
- Two Female Physicists: Rosalyn Yalow and Chien-Shiung Wu
Read about two accomplished women physicists: Rosalyn Yalow, who explored how isotopes could be used in medicine, and Chien-Shiung Wu, who worked on the Manhattan Project and helped collaborate on a theory to disprove the law of
conservation of parity.
- Immigrants in Science Mini-Book
Students create their own mini-book about famous immigrants to America who contributed to the field of science. Featured scientists include Elizabeth Blackwell, Albert Einstein, John Audobon, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Alexander Graham Bell.
Women in Aviation
These women saw their dreams take flight as they took to the skies in private planes and fighter jets.
- Women in Aviation
Review the history of women in aviation with this printable. Children will identify each female pilot by her description, write about society's changing perception of woman in the work force, and choose a female pilot to research.
- Flygirl Discussion Guide
Promote thoughtful discussion about race, heritage, and women's history with this printable discussion guide to Flygirl. It includes questions, research, and activities about World War II and the Women Airforce Service Pilots program.
Women in Space
Learn about women astronauts and their role in the U.S. space program.
Women in Medicine
Learn about the achievements and discoveries of women in nursing, pediatrics, genetics, physiology, and medical research.
- Clara Barton Reading Warm-Up
In this printable warm-up, students read a short biography on Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, and answer reading comprehension questions.
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