Marie-Sophie Germain

What about women in math? Almost 250 years ago, in April, was born a French female, Marie-Sophie Germain. Since mathematics wasn’t a carrier for a woman, she got herself the notes of the university to study without being an actual student. She used to send mail to Lagrange, signing with the name of a man: Monsieur Antoine-August Le Blanc. When Lagrange was surprised enough about this student, he invited him to a meeting. In that moment, Germain had to let him know her true identity.

Germain did great in her research in number theory (actually, there are numbers that are named after her) and she was very admired by Gauss, who tried to giver her an award, but it wasn’t known until she died.

Well, there is a lot more about women in math… Some information can be found here