According to an uncited Wikipedia paragraph, Merit-Ptah is the earliest known female scientist.
An ancient Egyptian, Merit-Ptah (c. 2700 BC), described in an inscription as "chief physician", is the earliest known female scientist named in the history of science.
is this true? Are there figures that could be (even debatable) be described as preceding her as a female scientist?
Edit: As mentioned in the comments, there were no "scientists" in 2700BC or earlier in the modern sense. What I was effectively asking was whether there were any women who made known interesting contributions to medicine, mathematics, biology or any other field at this time.
An example of an early(ish) interesting contribution would be Galen's description of the difference between motor and sensory nerves, despite his other mix of partly through & partly incorrect observations & statements.