Born in the town my grandparents helped found, I was encouraged to get a strong education, especially by my mother, a teacher.
I taught in district schools in order to raise my tuition to get an A.B. degree from Oberlin College.
As a mathematics teacher at Wellesley College, I was the first faculty member to be bestowed the titles of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.
Eventually, I was appointed a full Professor and become the head of the Wellesley mathematics department.
I wrote textbooks on Higher Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus...all filled with applications.
Friction gradually grew between the "pure" mathematicians and myself over the value of applied mathematics...and it led to my becoming the Chair of a new Department of Applied Mathematics, with only one member.
In the early 1900's, I was nominated to run for Secretary of State in Massachusetts on the Socialist ticket, becoming the first female candidate for a state office in Massachusetts... even though women were not yet able to vote.
Ellen Amanda Hayes (1851 - 1930)