Undaunted Ursula Franklin

  • Pages:118
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:girls and STEM, women scientists, biography, peace activist, University of Toronto
  • Available:09/16/2024

Ursula Franklin was a brave and brilliant woman. Born in Germany with Jewish ancestry, she survived the Holocaust while many in her family did not. She became a physicist and an engineer at a time when women were not welcome in academics. These experiences shaped Ursula, and she went on to stand up for equality, for peace, and for the protection of the environment and the vulnerable throughout her life.

Ursula Franklin was also a caring mother, as her daughter Monica Franklin shows in the stories here. Ursula was celebrated in her lifetime, receiving both the Order of Canada and the Pearson Peace Medal. Today she has not only a street but a school named after her in Toronto, where children can learn to remain undaunted despite what hardships we face—to pursue our dreams while standing up for what is right—under the shelter of her name.