International Women’s Day has celebrated every year to honor the achievements of women around the world for over a century. Since the theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose a Challenge”, today is a great time to highlight and celebrate some of the most influential and talented women in STEM. Professor Virginia Man-Ye Lee is a neuropathologist who specializes in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. For his work, he awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award for researchers whose discoveries can extend human life.
Born in Chongqing, China in 1945 Ch, Professor Li moved to London in 1962 to study piano. He graduated with an MS in Biochemistry from the University of London and a PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. Professor Lee is the director of the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center and Marian S. Ware is the co-director of Alzheimer’s drug discovery activities. He is the third professor of John H. Ware at the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Alzheimer’s Research.
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Angelica Ross is best for starring in television series poses, American horror stories, and transparent actors. She is a transgender rights lawyer and self-taught computer code and web developer, launching the TransTech social enterprise in 2014. TransTech Social Enterprises is a non-profit organization that helps employ Trans and gender-non-conforming people in the technology sector, “to save them from poverty through technical training, digital work creates social impact and helps the economic empowerment of marginalized people.”
Angelica Ross was the featured speaker and hosted the 2015 White House LGBTQ Technology and Innovation Summit and the 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on the LGBTQ issue on September 20, 2019. Dr. Swati Mohan is the Leading
Guide and Control Operations for the 2020 Mission and has been a part of this project since 2013, famously describing the perseverance landing on 18 February 2021. He is responsible for working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to make sure that the spacecraft carrying the perseverance properly grounded. Born in Bangalore, India, Dr. Mohan moved to the United States when he was one year old. While watching Star Trek at the age of nine, he became interested in space and said he remembers thinking “I want to do this”.
I want to find new and beautiful places in the universe.” Swati Mohan studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, before completing her MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He has previously worked on the Cassini mission on Saturday.