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  1. Lise Meitner
    At the top of the list of Female Scientists Who Should Have Won the Nobel Prizes That Were Awarded to Their Male Colleagues. BAMF contribution to the world: Discovery of nuclear fission. Unfortunate circumstances: Jewish female in Nazi Germany; scumbag research partner. Consolation prize: Namesake element (Meitnerium)
  2. Ada Lovelace
    The only legitimate child of Lord Byron. BAMF contribution to the world: Inserting her own genius commentary (read: first computer program) into her translation of an article about Charles Babbage's "Analytical Machine." Unfortunate circumstances: Daddy issues. Consolation prize: Namesake programming language (Ada) and holiday (Ada Lovelace Day).
  3. Rosalind Franklin
    Also at the top of the list of Female Scientists Who Should Have Won the Nobel Prizes That Were Awarded to Their Male Colleagues. BAMF contribution to the world: Clear X-ray crystallography image of DNA, crucial in the determination of its double-helical structure. Unfortunate circumstances: Data stolen; died of ovarian cancer; thieves awarded Nobel Prize. Consolation prize: Most referenced example of a woman who should've won a Nobel Prize but didn't because men were sexist pigs.
  4. Grace Hopper
    aka Rear Admiral Grace IDGAF Hopper, US Navy. BAMF contribution to the world: Programmed the shit out of a lot of important computers. Also, coined the term "computer bug" after literally pulling a bug out of a computer. Many namesakes, including a US Navy destroyer (USS Hopper). Quotable: "Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise."
  5. Samantha Cristoforetti
    Italy's first female astronaut. BAMF contribution to the world: Holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman (199 days). Brewed the first cup of espresso in space. Quotable: "When you look at the Earth from space, it looks like a big spaceship that is flying through space, and oh, by the way, carrying all of humanity on it. And so you start to get this feeling that, just as on the space station, we can only function if we all work together as a crew and we're all crew members."
  6. Émilie du Châtelet
    Once quoted by Voltaire as being "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." BAMF contribution to the world: French translation of Isaac Newton's Principia, complete with commentary and new propositions. Unfortunate circumstances: Almost sent to a convent by her mom for being good at math; mostly known as Voltaire's mistress. Consolation prize: Namesake crater on Venus.
  7. Fabiola Gianotti
    First female Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). BAMF contribution to the world: Presented the findings from the ATLAS experiment on the Higgs-Boson. Quotable: "Physics is, unfortunately, often seen as a male subject; sterile and without charm or emotion. But this is not true, because physics is art, aesthetics, beauty and symmetry."
  8. Maryam Mirzakhani
    First female and first Iranian recipient of the Fields Medal. BAMF contribution to the world: Research on the symmetry of curved surfaces (really crazy math that I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around).
  9. Chien-Shiung Wu
    The First Lady of Physics. BAMF contribution to the world: Upended the Law of Conservation of Parity, a fundamental law of physics at the time. Quotable: "I wonder whether the tiny atoms and nuclei, or the mathematical symbols, or the DNA molecules have any preference for either masculine or feminine treatment."
  10. Mae Jemison
    The first African-American woman in space. BAMF contribution to the world: Conducted experiments aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Quotable: "Many people do not see a connection between science and dance, but I consider them to be both expressions of the boundless creativity that people have to share with one another."
  11. Vera Rubin
    Uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galaxy rotation curves. Her research ultimately led to the currently accepted theory for this discrepancy: Dark Matter.
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  12. Margaret Hamilton
    Computer scientist who was leader of the team that wrote the Apollo flight code by hand. Thanks to her incredible code, the moon landing happened. Credited with coining the term "software engineering". In the photo, she stands next to the listings of the Apollo Guidance Computer source code.
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  13. Marie Curie
    Physicist and chemist who studied the theory of radioactivity (a term she coined), researched techniques for idolizations radioactive isotopes, and discovered two elements (polonium and radium) - first woman to win a Nobel Prize! And the only woman to win twice!! And the only PERSON to win twice in multiple sciences!!! Also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris and the first woman to be entombed based upon her own merit in the Pantheon in Paris.
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  14. Hedy Lamarr
    American film actress and inventor! At the beginning of WWII, she developed, with composer George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes. Their technology wasn't incorporated until the 60s, but it's still used today in WiFi and Bluetooth technology! The pair was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
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