Neve Spicer takes a look at three inspirational women who’ve changed the face of STEM.
Though the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields have been historically dominated by men, it’s surely no indication that women aren’t equally capable innovators. History has a great deal to say about this, in fact: car heaters and windshield wipers, military Kevlar, and even the circular saw were all invented by women.
Last week (25 February) marks Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day, a global campaign put forth by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The aim of the day is to help young women who have STEM interest and talent to hone their skills, see how their interests fit into a potential career, and engage in real-time, engineering-based problem solving challenges that are both fun and educational.
While the program typically consists of many in-person events facilitated by professionals, volunteers, and educators, many of this year’s events will take place online, opening the event up to an even wider range of potential participants. Visit NSPE’s web portal for more information on the event.
Innovations pioneered by women have changed our world. Let’s meet some of history’s greatest female engineers:
To learn even more about past and present female heroes of engineering, read and share this handy visualization.