I’ve always been terrible at maths. Mostly I’d spend class adding numbers together to make funny words if you turned the calculator upside down. I was definitely more interested in history, or being a story writer. Funnily enough, so was Maryam Mirzakhani – the first and only woman to have won the prestigious Field’s Medal for Mathematics.
This is the story of how a working class girl from London’s East End migrant community turned her talent for maths into a career as an expert in aerodynamics. It is also the story of how I found her story.
by Jenny Rowan Since the start of the Space Race in 1957, almost 600 people have been to space to date. Of those, only 67 have been women. Only five have been their mission’s commander. The first to be assigned to that coveted crew position was Eileen Collins, an Air Force test pilot who also … Continue reading Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander