Woman of the Month: Nettie Stevens — Why XY?

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. She attended the town’s public schools, graduating from Westford Academy in 1880.

Surprisingly, for someone who ultimately had such an impact on our understanding of reproduction, there is a…