Obama Reminds Americans Of An All But Forgotten Hero In Astronomy (VIDEO)

Obama has just introduced us to a woman whose head was so far above the clouds, she had her mind among the stars. Discovery News and President Obama have teamed up to reveal a woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) who helped us to discover how to measure the size of the universe.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory all the way back in 1895, painstakingly researched what may have been seen by many as a small thing: stars whose brightness constantly fluctuated. However, her research would lead to us being able to measure our immense universe to degrees of accuracy many never thought possible. And you probably didn’t know her name before you read this. That’s because sadly, due to her gender, she wasn’t highly recognized then. That’s where President Obama comes in.

Once again, our President has put his truly valuable time into emphasizing science – particularly getting young girls and minorities into fields that oftentimes exclude them. (We can only hope that his stellar example is emulated by his successor.) The White House has a website where you can go to see more about his pledge to get girl’s involved in the STEM fields.

One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.

~President Obama

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