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Inspiring Female Role Models

If you ask somebody to picture a mathematician or rock musician, they may be more likely to think of a man than a woman, probably because many roles in the science and maths industries and the rock music scene, are still filled by men. We're always excited about the future though and considering the number of girls who use and love Times Tables Rock Stars, perhaps this imbalance is about to change...

To recognise International Women’s Day, we are celebrating inspiring women, from both the maths and rock industries, who’ve stood up to challenge stereotypes and excelled in their respective fields. The following six women serve as excellent role models for anybody pursuing an interest or a career which, in the past, may not have been considered suitable for them.

Let us know how you're celebrating International Women's Day and share with us your inspirational Maths/Rock icons, using the hashtag #RockLikeAGirl.

Inspirational Women in Maths

Christine Darden working at NASA

Christine Darden

Christine is an American Mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer. She spent a total of 25 years working for NASA researching sonic booms.

Darden received the Dr A. T. Weathers Technical Achievement Award from the National Technical Association as well as a Candace award form the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and three certificates of Outstanding Performance from NASA's Langley Research Centre.

Dusa McDuff

Dusa is a British Mathematician who mainly works on symplectic geometry. For the past 30 years she has been contributing to the development of symplectic geometry and topology and because of her outstanding work has received the:

  • Statter Prize
  • Senior Berwick Prize
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam was a mathematician and professor at Stanford University. Her research included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry.

Due to her great work, she was the first female mathematician to be awarded the Fields Medal. Some of her other awards include

  • Gold medal. International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong 1994)
  • Gold medal. International Mathematical Olympiad (Canada 1995)
  • AMS Blumenthal Award
  • Simons Investigator Award 2013

Inspirational Women in Rock

P!nk Female Rock Artist


P!nk is and American singer/songwriter whose first solo album went double-platinum. P!nk is not just inspirational to us in the TTRS office because of her musical talent but also because she is constantly breaking down gender stereotypes. An example of this is in 2005 Pink proposed to her boyfriend. You can watch an empowering speech from Pink about being yourself here.

Hayley Williams From Paramore

Hayley Williams

Hayley is another American musician who is lead singer/songwriter and occasional keyboardist for Paramore. Herself and the band Paramore have done a lot for modern day Rock making Hayley someone any aspiring Rock Hero should look up to.

Annie Lennox Rock Artist

Annie Lennox

A Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. Annie Lennox really is a Rock Hero named the "Brits Champion of Champions" and winning the Brit Awards's Best Female Artist a total of 6 times.


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