Growing up, your science books likely featured icons like Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin whose findings were so significant that they reshaped the way people look at the world today. These men are certainly worth looking up to, but if you’re looking for female inspiration in the sciences, you need not look far.

The Philippines is home to many accomplished women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These trailblazers continue to prove that no glass ceiling can hold back a woman who’s driven and passionate about what she does.

1. Dr. Fe del Mundo

If you were to look back at del Mundo’s life, you would find it marked with many firsts. She was the first woman to be admitted to the prestigious Harvard Medical School, the first female National Scientist of the Philippines, and the founder of the first pediatric hospital in the country. In spite of all her accomplishments, del Mundo’s dedication to children’s healthcare did not emerge due to a desire for awards or medals. The renowned doctor found her calling in pediatrics after losing several of her siblings to childhood illnesses and witnessing the poor state of healthcare in her home province of Marinduque.

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