Each one of these women have a story that will inspire young women and men. They overcame obstacles--physical and social--to find success and fulfillment in STEM fields. They made important contributions in their fields of study.
Dr. Walker volunteered when the Civil War began, doing anything she could from writing letters for wounded soldiers to raising money to help with medical care. She wanted to do more. She wanted to use her medical knowledge and skills. Patriotic and determined, she followed the troops and helped in the makeshift battlefield hospitals. Though her perseverance, she was finally appointed “to serve as an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army, a first for the military and a first for women.” While moving back and forth between enemy lines helping the wounded, she was taken as a prisoner of war for several months until being released in an officer exchange. People laughed at her for her clothes, even after the war. However, she stayed “true to her ideals.” She wore her suit and her Medal of Honor with pride. She wanted women to live and to think freely “unbound by a corset or her society’s expectations.”