Nettie Stevens was a brilliant cytogeneticist and biologist. Despite her contributions being largely attributed to others in her field, her discovery regarding the link between gender and chromosomes is the foundation of modern-day genetics.

Nettie was born on July 7, 1861, in Cavendish, Vermont but grew up in Westford, Massachusetts…

Dedicating her life to social reform, and as the first female Cabinet member, Frances Perkins was a revolutionary.

Born in Boston, raised in Worcester, and educated at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Perkins spent her formative years in New England. Perkins pursued physics and chemistry at Mount Holyoke…

When you google “the first woman to run the Boston Marathon,” the name Kathrine Switzer pops up. Across the Internet, Switzer is remembered for the iconic video of her being attacked by marathon officials, and for the changes that were enacted following the altercation. But Switzer was not the first…

Helen Keller, world-famous for her perseverance and accomplishments, would have been none of those things without Anne Sullivan.

On April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, MA, Anne Sullivan was born to Irish immigrants, Alice and Thomas Sullivan. Anne faced many challenges from the beginning. Her mother’s contraction of tuberculosis when…

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