Jessy Randall's poems about women in math and science
in chronological order by birth year (most recent update June 2019)


Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179)
Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)
Laura Bassi (1711-1778)
Anna Morandi Manzolini (1716-1774)
Maria Gaetana, the Witch of Agnesi (1718-1799) in Redheaded Stepchild
Jane Colden (1724-1766)
Caroline Herschel (1750-1848)
Wang Zhenyi (1769-1797)
Marie Germain (1776-1831)
Mary Somerville (1780-1872)
James Miranda Barry / Margaret Ann Bulkley (ca. 1789-1865)
Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps (1793-1884)
Mary Anning (1799-1847)
Emily Roebling (1803-1903) forthcoming in Dreams and Nightmares
Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)
     The Horrible Sorority of the Blackwell Sisters in Sendecki
     In the Mind of EB in Zuzu's Petals and Injecting Dreams into Cows
     EB Loses Her Depth Perception
Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907)
Rachel Bodley (1831-1888)
Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917)
Ellen H. Swallow Richards (1842-1911)
Sarah Frances Whiting (1847-1927)
Bertha Benz (1849-1944)
Ellen Amanda Hayes (1851-1930) in Diode
Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) forthcoming in Analog
Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1855-1975)
Charlotte Angas Scott (1858-1931)
Alice Eastwood (1859-1953)
Alicia Boole Stott (1860-1940)
Nettie Stevens (1861-1912)
Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)
      AJC Cataloged Stars in Asimov's, Colorado Encyclopedia
, and 2019 Dwarf Stars Anthology
      AJC Goes Home from the Lab in Asimov's and Colorado Encyclopedia
Anna Wessels Williams (1863-1954)
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
ary Agnes Chase (1869-1963)
Maud Slye (1869-1954)
Lillian Gilbreth (1878-1972)
Lisa Meitner (1878-1968)
Agnes Arber (1879-1960)
Emmy Noether (1882-1935)
Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974)
Libbie Henrietta Hyman (1888-1969)
Alice Ball (1892-1916)
Hilda Geiringer von Mises (1893-1973) in Diode
Gerty Cori (1896-1957)
Joan Beauchamp Proctor (1897-1931)
Rachel Fuller Brown (1898-1980)
Helen Taussig (1898-1986)
Charlotte Auerbach (1899-1994)
Honor Fell (1900-1986)
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979)
Nina Karlovna Bari (1901-1961) in Strange Horizons
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992)
Mina Rees (1902-1997)
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906-1992)
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972)
Frances Hamerstrom (1907-1998)
Laura Hunter Colwin (1911-2006)
Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) in Diode
Effie Stroud (1909-1994)
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)
Dorothy Bernstein (1914-1988)
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Marie Tharp (1920-2006)
Jewel Isadora Plummer Cobb (1924-2017)
Evelyn Boyd Granville (b. 1924) in Pink Panther
Mary Ellen Rudin (1924-2013)
Margaret Kivelson (b. 1928)
Raye Montague (1935-2018)

Jocelyn Bell Burnell (b. 1943)


works consulted

Agassiz, Elizabeth C. and Alexander Agassiz. Seaside Studies in Natural History. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865.
Crumpler, Rebecca. A Book of Medical Discourses. Boston: Cashman, Keating, 1883.
des Jardins, Julie. The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science. New York: Feminist Press, 2010.
Felt, Hali. Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor. New York: Picador, 2012.
Ignatofsky, Rachel. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2016.
Lee, Jane J. 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism. National Geographic News, May 19, 2013.
Polo-Blanco, Irene. “Alicia Boole Stott, a Geometer in Higher Dimension.” Historia Mathematica, Volume 35, Issue 2, May 2008, pages 123-139.
Richards, Ellen Swallow. Chemistry of Cooking and Cleaning. Boston: Home Science Publishing Co., 1897, c. 1881.
Rossiter, Margaret W. Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1982.
Swaby, Rachel. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World. New York: Broadway Books, 2015.
Swaby, Rachel. Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World. New York: Delacorte Press, 2016.
Tsjeng, Zing. Forgotten Women: The Scientists. London: Cassell, 2018.
Whiting, Sarah Frances. Daytime and Evening Exercises in Astronomy, for Schools and Colleges. Boston: Ginn, 1912.
Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Ed. Louise S. Grinstein, Rose K. Rose, and Miriam H. Rafailovich. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.
Women in the Biological Sciences: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Ed. Louise S. Grinstein, Carol A. Biermann, Rose K. Rose. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Ed. Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell. New York: Greenwood, 1987.


Thank you, Barbara Whitten, Colorado College Physics / Feminist and Gender Studies, for your 2015 talk on Sarah Frances Whiting, which was the seed for this series of poems.

Thank you, Rebecca Barnes, Colorado College Environmental Studies, for your ongoing work on women in science, particularly the Women in STEM Wikipedia Biographies project with CC students.

Thank you to everyone who suggested subjects for poems: Marianne Reddin Aldrich, Melissa Penwell Belanger, Aage Bendiksen, Anna Primrose Bendiksen, Janice Frankel Block, Amy Brooks, Inge-Marie Eigsti, Paul Erickson, Celia Gresham, Jennifer Gresham, Nicole Gresham, Ross Gresham, Kris Kanthak, Anju Kanumalla, Terry Kind, Lisa Lister, Phoebe Lostroh, Norah McCormick, Heather McHale, Sarah Milteer, Alan Simon, Robert Stoesen, David Weinstock, Anna Wermuth, Barbara Whitten, Dina Wood. Would you like to suggest someone for the project? Email me at


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