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"Christopher Nolan's #Oppenheimer explores the work of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer & colleagues to create the atomic bomb.

Yet, the film fails to depict a key part of the story, using 2 female scientists as stand-ins for ALL of the women who contributed."

Hundreds of women were essential to the Manhattan Project, including Nobel Prize winning physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer. But they are largely absent in the #film. #HistoryRemix #science #history

Ynes Mexia was born in 1870 & became one of the most successful botanists in the world.

At a time when most people felt women couldn't travel alone, she did - A woman of color in her 50s & 60s. Mexia traveled the Americas for 13 years, collecting >145,000 #plants & discovering >50 new species.

She was a fierce conservationist & early pioneer fighting to preserve the redwood forests of California. She also advocated for Indigenous rights. #HistoryRemix #science #history

A black and white photo of Ynes Mexia with her plant dryer under a tree. Source: University of California Berkley

Born in India in 1962, Dr. Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian woman in #space in 1997.

In 2003, she was on the Columbia, when insulation broke off, depressurizing the shuttle. All 7 crew members died.

7 asteroids + 7 hills on Mars were named after them. #HistoryRemix #science

“When you look at the stars & the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system." - Chawla, 1997

Chawla aboard the space shuttle on January 27, 2003. Image: Getty
The STS-107 shuttle Columbia crew. The image was recovered from wreckage inside an undeveloped film canister. From left (bottom row): Kalpana Chawla, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. From left (top row): David Brown, William McCool, and Michael Anderson. (Image: NASA/JSC)

Born in 1906, computer scientist Grace Hopper invented the first compiler for computer programming language & was among the first programmers of the Harvard Mk1 computer.

Hopper popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages & paved the way to develop COBOL (an early high-level programming language). She originated the term "bug" to describe computer glitches & became a celebrated Rear Admiral in the US Navy. #HistoryRemix #science #history

Grace Hopper Source: Computer History Museum

As of March 2023, 72 #women have flown in #space.

Of these, 44 have worked on the International Space Station as long-duration expedition crewmembers, as visitors on space shuttle assembly flights, or as space flight participants on short-duration missions.

Learn more about these inspiring pioneers from around the world: #science #history #HistoryRemix
The first woman to orbit the Earth, Valentina V. Tereshkova, before boarding her Vostok 6 capsule for her historic spaceflight. Photo: NASA Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first Black woman in space, works in the Spacelab module during the STS-47 Spacelab-J mission. Credit: NASA
Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space, enjoys playing the flute in her spare time during the STS-56 mission. Credit: NASA Tamara E. Jernigan during the STS-96 spacewalk. Credit: NASA

In 1977, NASA began looking for women astronauts.

Sally Ride spotted an ad about it in the Stanford school newspaper & applied. She was one of six women chosen.

In 1983, Ride became the first American woman to travel into #space. Her role as a mission specialist was to work a robotic arm to move satellites.

Ride went on to teach at UC San Diego & worked to promote women & girls in STEM. She also wrote children’s books about exploring space. #HistoryRemix
Mission specialist Sally Ride, the first American woman sent into space, totes her own luggage following her arrival at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Bettmann

Born in 1914, Hedy Lamarr was a famous American actress who pioneered the technology that would lead to WiFi, GPS, cell phones & Bluetooth communication.

Lamarr was brilliant. Among many fascinating inventions, she developed a new communication system with composer George Antheil that used “frequency hopping” among radio waves.

Once called the “most beautiful woman in the world," Lamarr is now remembered as "the mother of Wi-Fi." #science #history #HistoryRemix
Hedy Lamarr publicity photo for the film The Heavenly Body, 1944

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