AAUW Women in STEM Essay Competition Resources

Whether you know who you want to write about and are looking for biographical info or you're looking for an inspiring woman to write about, these resources should help you find the information you need to create a competitive essay. This list includes free online resources as well as online resources paid for by the library, in addition to print materials in our collection.

Print Library Materials

A to Z of Women in Science and Math by Lisa Yount 509.22 You - Biographical profiles of 195 women who’ve made significant contributions to math and science.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone 629.450092 Sto - The story of the Mercury 13 women who proved that women could go into space, but were confronted with prejudice and jealousy.

American Women in Technology: an Encyclopedia by Linda Zierdt-Warshaw 604.82 Zie - This is an encyclopedia of women in technological fields.

Notable Women Scientists 509.22 Not (Reference - Library Use Only) - This book features 500 biographical profiles of women in science, and you can scan pages to email for free or make photocopies of useful pages for 15 cents a page.

Women in Science: Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century by Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie 509.22 Ogi (Reference - Library Use Only) - Biographical dictionary with references to other sources.

Women Mathematicians by Padma Venkatraman  510.922 Ven - This short book features biographies of six women mathematicians.

Online Library Materials

Science Reference Center (Ebsco) includes biographies of scientists in its collection.

MAS Ultra is a searchable database of all sorts of information. Use the Advanced Search and scroll down to change the publication type to “Biography.” Then you can search for women by name or by subject (“women in science,” for example).

The Encyclopedia Britannica may have brief, general information on your selected woman professional.


Biographies of Women in Mathematics is a list by Agnes Scott College of women mathematicians with links to biographies.

Black Women in Mathematics is a list by the State University of New York’s University at Buffalo of African-American Women Mathematicians, with links to biographies.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present is a list of distinguished women browsable by their field of expertise, with links to their biographies on other websites.

The Engineer Girl site explains the variety of things engineers do, and includes profiles and biographies of contemporary women in engineering fields.

Engineer Your Life's page of inspiring women profiles modern-day engineers in a variety of careers.

Female Mathematicians is a list by Scotland’s University of St. Andrews of women mathematicians with links to biographies.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame’s searchable database of inductees allows you to search by name if you know who you want to write about or by keyword if you want to find someone in a particular profession or field.

The National Women’s History Project’s list of links to information on women in Math in Science.

Nobel Prize list of Women Recipients who have won Nobel Prizes for their work in physics, chemisty, physiology and medicine, and economics.

PBS’s NOVA and the Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers can introduce you to modern-day researchers and their current work, like Vandi Verma who lead the team that landed the Mars Curiosity Rover or Dava Newman who’s designing a new, more flexible spacesuit that may help humans travel to Mars, both featured in the “Can We Make It to Mars?” episode.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math On The Air! is a WAMC radio series featuring stories of past and present women in STEM careers.