Thursday, February 7, 2013

STEM Fierceness: Dr. Martha Euphemia Lofton Hayes

Happy Thursday!

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I will be doing a series of posts highlighting Black women and men in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Today, I'd like to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890-1980), the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the United States.
Go 'head Dr. Haynes! Picture and biographical information found here. 
Dr. Haynes earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1943. She taught in Washington, DC public schools at all grade levels for almost 50 years and was the first woman to chair the DC School Board. During her tenure as chair, she was vital to the integration movement.  In addition to this work, she was also a mathematics professor at Miners Teachers College, a normal school for Black teachers in Washington, DC. As a matter of fact, she founded the mathematics department. Dr. Haynes was not only displayed academic brilliance, but she was also a pillar of her community. She served in leadership positions in numerous community and national organizations. Dr. Haynes is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Check out her full biography and the biographies of other Black women Ph.D.s here

Dr. Haynes' bio just made me feel like a slacker. There's so much work to do!

Until next time. . . Do the math! 

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