Women in Astronomy

Maria Mitchell
A portrait of Maria Mitchell and US astronomer
Credit: H. Dassell

Although astronomy, along with most of physics and engineering disciplines, is dominated by men, there have been several prominent female astronomers in history. The pages within this section will highlight some of those women and their achievements.

For example, the portrait on the right shows Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) who was an American astronomer, she discovered a comet in 1847 which was named after her. She was the first American woman to work professionally as an astronomer, and throughout her career encouraged more female astronomers and demanded to be paid the same as her male colleagues as a professor at Vassar College in the United States.