Nettie Stevens: Scientist Extraordinaire and STEM Icon; a Steampunk Feminist’s Perspective

Reblogging this in honour of today’s Google Doodle.

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If you want an example of the true grittiness and resourcefulness of the American spirit, you can’t go past Nettie Stevens. She is also a good example of how the male-dominated Victorian-era academic society could cruelly ignore a fine mind and hard work simply because it was housed in a woman’s body. Nettie Stevens was born in 1861 to working class parents. She was a gifted child, with a passion for science and mathematics. She took the one career route that would allow her some access to these fields; she trained as a teacher and then spent ten years saving her salary to fund her further education.

Nettie Stevens at work.

In 1896, Stevens attended Leland Stanford University. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in 1899, and a master’s degree in biology in 1900. After Stanford, Stevens went to Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, for more graduate work, and…

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