New at Rosetta Stones: A Pioneering Geographer Named After My Old Home State

I think you’re going to adore Zonia Baber. I do. She’s fantastic. I wish I could be like her when I grow up, and I wish I could have met her, and I’m glad I got to know about her. Go have a read-through and tell me if you feel the same.

(And yes, her name really was Arizona. Those of us from Arizona have that extra incentive to think she’s the best, but really, it’s not like anything more was needed.)


  1. Lithified Detritus says

    Inspiring! As a public school science teacher (proud to be so, and a pretty good one, I think) I am humbled by her example. Her accomplishments exceed mine by orders of magnitude.

    I should also add that one of my most influential mentors in science education is a woman who was discouraged from going into astronomy (by male professors) because of her gender. The obstacles have been there in recent times, and while I think progress is being made, there is a ways to go.

    I am pleased, though, that one of my female middle school students eventually went on to earn her PhD in geology, although I don’t think it had anything to do with my influence. She caught the bug in college.