By Shannon Percival-Smith

Shannon is a UBC Biology graduate who believes in the strength of diversity and equal opportunities. She is continually learning about how privilege and power shape life experiences and is humbled by the immense challenges that these trailblazing women in science faced.

Euphemia Haynes: Fighting the Track

Euphemia Haynes (1890-1980) was an African-American mathematician, educator and activist. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1914, also later obtaining a Master of Arts degree in education from the University of Chicago in 1930. That same year, she became a professor at Miner Teachers College, where she founded the college’s mathematics department. Here, she was the head for nearly thirty years; focusing on the education of African-American teachers. During this time, she also went back to school and obtained her PhD in mathematics from Catholic University in 1943, making her…