Women in Physics Profiles

What Women Are Doing With Physics

Physicists don't all work in labs or teach physics, although many do, and love their jobs.

A physics degree will qualify a woman for a variety of careers from inventing to analyzing to improving her environment.  Find out the diversity of physics by exploring the jobs of these women with physics degrees.


Alice White


Alice went from a minority in her field to a leading researcher in exciting new technologies.

Alicia Soderberg


Alicia once wanted to be an environmental scientist, but she fell in love with looking at the stars in the night's sky.

Alison Binkowski


Alison is a physicist, policy analyst, avid traveler, and proficient in Spanish and Mandarin.

Beth Brown


High school physics bore Beth so much she dropped it- but a look through a telescope changed her mind.

Christina Barrow

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Christina uses physics everyday to make sure that veterans receive quality cancer radiation treatments.

Claudia Alexander


Claudia wrote science fiction and rode horses when she wasn't studying comets and moons.

Deborah Berebichez


As a child in Mexico, Debbie was told science wasn't for girls. Debbie however broke down that barrier and is now a Wall Street analyst. She invites all girls to join her!

Ellen Ochoa


Ellen once considered an education in music, but instead, she became the first Hispanic woman in space.

Evelynn Hammonds

Evelynn Hammonds

Evelynn holds honorary degrees at Spelman College and Bates College.

Gabriela González


Gabriela shapes minds as a professor and attempts to unlock the mysteries of Gravitational Waves as a researcher.

Ginger Kerrick


Who says only kids dream of space exploration? Ginger chased her dreams in spite of many setbacks.

Julianne Pollard-Larkin

Julianne Pollard-Larkin

Julie, a clinical medical physicist, researcher, and professor, helps treat cancer patients with thoracic tumors.

Kelle Cruz


Kelle spends much of her time looking at small stars, but when's she not looking at stars, she's blogging and traveling.

Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall

Lisa may be on her way to discovering the next dimension, and she wants to share it with physicists and non-physicists alike.

Luz Martinez-Miranda


Luz is fascinated by the way optics problems relate to the real world. “There was something about lenses that made me want to study more,” she says.

Lynett Rock


Lynett Rock, a member of the Cherokee Nation, first learned physics via satellite. Now she teaches college physics and math in person.

Maggie Seeds


Maggie's first love may have been astronomy, but her current jet-set lifestyle as a technology consultant keeps her mind limber and her skymiles rolling in.

Marta Dark McNeese


Marta chose physics mostly because she was fascinated with optics, and a little bit because she was afraid of chemicals and disliked knives.

Meghan Anzelc

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Searching for non-academic career paths after graduate school led Meghan to a career in data and analytics.

Nadya Mason


Nadya went from gymnastics Olympic hopeful to research scientist.

Shirley Ann Jackson


Shirley has come a long way from her childhood fascination with the bumblebees in her backyard.

Wendy Laurin

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After working in publishing for thirty years, Wendy began teaching physics at a community college. She also consults in photonics.