Favorite North Stars
Mitchell was a remarkable pioneer for both women and in science. She
unquestionably made great contributions to the field of astronomy, and in
the 19th century, when women's roles were both socially and professionally
well defined and limited, Mitchell truly did follow her North Star,
breaking barriers and forging new paths for future generations of
scientists and women. Explore the constellation of this amazing North
Star to discover the influences that helped shape her into one of history's
most inspiring scientists, educators, and social reformers.
Born in 1818 in Nantucket,
Massachusetts, Maria Mitchell was the first female atronomer and the first female
astronomy professor in the United States.
For more information regarding Maria Mitchell journey to the following sites:
Maria Mitchell's Biography
The Maria Mitchell Association
The Woman Astronomer