31 Days of Notable Women- Maria Mitchell, astronomer


cometAstronomer Maria Mitchell was born August 1, 1818 and discovered a comet in 1847. A professor at Vassar, she successfully demanded a raise when she found out her salary was lower than her male colleagues. Maria also refused to wear cotton in protest against slavery and supported women’s suffrage.

Source: http://slate.me/1chORCl

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