Wendy began her career as an astronomer at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California eventually becoming the first female director there as well as Las Campanas, Chile.

Wendy co-led an international team of astronomers on the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project. She is best known for her measurement of the Hubble Constant which measures the rate at which the universe is expanding.

Freedman has also initiated the Giant Magellan Telescope Project and served as chair of the board of directors from 2003 until 2015. She is currently a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

Wendy Freedman credits her father for encouraging her to do whatever she wanted:

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