#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Ruby Hirose

Courtesy: Smithsonian Institution Archives

Are you a suffering this allergy season? Well, this week’s #WomenInSTEMdid research on pollen extracts to help!!

Ruby Hirose was a Japanese-American biochemist with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in pharmacology.

During a time when fear mongering was going on, Hirose flourished and gave back to America when many couldn’t. She was conducting research in Ohio while her family was along the coast. She wasn’t sent to internment camps during World War II but her family was.

She conducted vaccine research against polio and other diseases including hay fever. She looked at a way to improve pollen extracts to desensitize hay fever sufferers.

In 1940, she was one of ten women recognized at the American Chemical Society for her accomplishments.

#WomenInSTEMWednesday is not only mean to inform but also meant to inspire everyone to not let things hold you back!

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