1805-1881 – FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE REFUSED TO LET THIS CARIBBEAN NURSE SERVE IN THE CRIMEAN WAR BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HER SKIN. BUT THE WOMAN WHO CALLED HERSELF A 'VERY HUMBLE ACTOR' FOUND A WAY TO SERVE ANYWAY. AND THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY WELCOMED HER INTO THEIR HOME.
(1776-1831) – IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR PARENTS AND TEENAGERS TO ARGUE OVER SCHOOLWORK, BUT THIS 18TH CENTURY MATHEMATICIAN HAD TO FIGHT FOR HER RIGHT TO STUDY. HER WORK IN NUMBER THEORY HELPS KEEP THE EIFFEL TOWER STANDING TODAY.
1706-1749 – IN A TIME AND PLACE WHERE A WOMAN'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON HER COURTING ABILITIES, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH - AN UGLY DAUGHTER? EDUCATE HER! SHE JUST MIGHT GROW UP TO BE A GROUNDBREAKING MATHEMATICIAN! EMILIE DU CHATELET DID. AND BY THE WAY - HER LOVE LIFE WASN'T TOO SHABBY EITHER.
370?-415 C.E. – SOME HISTORIANS THINK HER DEATH HERALDED THE END OF FREE THOUGHT IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. BUT HER WORK CONTINUED TO BE STUDIED FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS AFTER SHE WAS MURDERED.
Letters addressed simply to the Philosopher were delivered to her at the Museum in Alexandria, the intellectual center of the world in the 4th C. Self-possessed and confident, she had no qualms about addressing an academy full of men. In fact, Hypatia's intellect surpassed even that her father Theon, the scholar.