I promised you STEM-tastic stories about women in science and, today, I plan to deliver.
With how much Ellen Swallow Richards contributed to the advancement of women in science, it is only fitting that she kicks off our Wednesday feature.
A Legend of Firsts
Ellen Swallow Richards holds the titles of first...
Transforming Sanitation Science
She had already transformed global water standards, but Ellen felt the need to do more. She needed to go to the root of the problem and use science to solve the problems of daily life.
The "Science of Right Living"
When you think of home economics, what comes to mind? Cooking, cleaning, deciding which deal is the best in the grocery store? What about science? After all, that is what the discipline is founded on.
Perhaps it is because Ellen Swallow Richards did such a phenomenal job infusing household tasks with science, that we often dismiss home economics as a less serious discipline.
A Lasting Legacy
Throughout her life, Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards wrote over a dozen books with titles such as The Chemistry of Cooking and Cleaning, Food Materials and Their Adulteration, and Air, Water, and Food From a Sanitary Standpoint.
In 1993, she was welcomed into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Before you go...