![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/bc6adf92-46f0-4ebb-9db9-457475b140fc/4ec0e226-bb70-4f8f-b770-e6a51c181c5aKatherineLegacyEdit.jpg "."){: .center } As more pupils return to their classrooms after the recent periods of lockdowns and home learning, parents and teachers will understandably be concerned about gaps in their education. But as the stories of the following trailblazing women demonstrate, learning doesn’t just happen in classrooms, nor does it have to be confined within specific age brackets. The lives of Mary Anning, Beatrix Potter and Dr Jane Goodall show us that learning can take place anywhere and at any time of our lives. As the NASA scientist Katherine Johnson said, “I’m always interested in learning something new. Ask questions! Be curious!” For an inspirational role model on International Women’s Day, your pupils might like to read about the fossil hunter, Mary Anning. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/bc6adf92-46f0-4ebb-9db9-457475b140fc/7edaa5ce-e781-4ad0-80fa-03ae69f583cdMaryAnningresizedv2.jpg ""){: .center } Dismissed by many of the male scientists of the time, this remarkable woman did not let her lack of formal education prevent her from making incredible palaeontological discoveries. At a time when many are worried about our pupils’ missed learning, maybe we can take courage from Mary Anning’s story. Despite her lack of access to education, Mary’s astonishing scientific achievements help to show us that, with dedication and determination, the disadvantages of the times can be overcome. You can [read Mary Anning’s biography here](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-mary-anning-1-pre-read-?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). LbQ also has a biography of the mycologist, author, illustrator and farmer, Beatrix Potter. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/bc6adf92-46f0-4ebb-9db9-457475b140fc/19c1a573-56a9-43c7-b1e0-3c1ac2e40514BeatrixPotter.jpg ""){: .center } This resolute and determined woman did not attend school at all. She was educated at home. Beatrix’s fascination with the natural world and her gift for writing meant that, even when nobody would publish her story, she persevered and published her own work – with great success! [Beatrix Potter’s biography can be found here](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading-comprehension/biographies/beatrix-potter?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). More recently, the dedicated and passionate primatologist Dr Jane Goodall also took an unconventional route through the education system. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/bc6adf92-46f0-4ebb-9db9-457475b140fc/0909e414-2701-4d60-ac61-7ebdc2cad11dJaneGoodallresized.jpg ""){: .center } During a ten year gap between finishing school and starting her PhD, Jane travelled to the forest of Gombe, Tanzania to study chimpanzees. Despite (and perhaps due to) having no qualifications in animal behaviour, Jane’s meticulous observational research challenged the commonly held scientific views about chimpanzees at the time. Later in life, Jane went on to gain her doctorate from Cambridge University, and she continues to inspire us to take action on behalf of the environment and all living things. [You can find LbQ’s biography of Dr Jane Goodall here](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/readingnonfiction/biographies-and-autobiographies/short-reads-jane-goodall-2-retrieval?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true). We hope that our Short Read Biographies about these remarkable women are a useful addition to your resources for International Women's Day.