How many unsung women heroes can you think of? (open to male heroes as well)

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Allalonenow Thu 25-Apr-13 12:59:38

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LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Apr-13 12:41:40

Oh wow! I never knew that, how interesting. I can't wait to see everyone else brings to this discussion.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Thu 25-Apr-13 12:37:48

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - The biophysicist who did much of the x-ray crystallography that led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Two men (Crick and Watson) received a Nobel prize for this discovery, whilst Rosalind Franklin's contribution remains overlooked.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Apr-13 12:27:01

So many women have worked hard to make a difference in the world, (cue music) a difference that has helped the world we live in today, progress in one way or another. Unfortunately a lot of them have not been widely recongnised and credited for their work.

So how many unsung women hero's can you think of? (feel free to mention men as well)

To get the ball rolling:

Mary Anning (1799-1847)- She discovered the first dinosaur skeleton- Ichtyosaur. Her findings created a shift in how people thought about prehistoric life in the early 19th century.

Mary Ware Dennett (1872-1947)- Mary was a major figure in the early women's movement. She pioneered in the areas of sex education, birth control and the women's suffrage. However because Mary was so humble, it meant that a lot of people took credit for her work.

Marie V. Brittan Brown (1922-1999)- She was the first to develop the patent for closed circuit television security. Her work has become the framework for surveillance, crime prevention & traffic monitoring.

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