Understanding the Long History of Women in Engineering

Electrifying Women: Understanding the Long History of Women in Engineering is an AHRC-funded project for impact and engagement, which runs until the end of March 2020, aiming to broaden public awareness of the long participation of women in engineering, in order to help normalise women’s position in the field. The project works with the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in its centenary activities, starting in June 2019 to mark 100 years since its founding on June 23rd 1919.

The WES centenary project has three goals: to transform the future, celebrate the present and remember the past of women in engineering. Our complementary AHRC project supports the third goal by sharing stories of women’s diverse collaborative roles in engineering since the late 19th century, thereby showing the many precedents for women’s future role in engineering.

Over the project duration, the project team have delivered a schedule of nationwide public lectures in order to share the fresh narratives about women’s past participation in engineering to a range of audiences, including local history groups, universities, museums, libraries and local history organisations.  The lectures have been followed by open discussions and other activities. 

The team has also hosted creative writing activities and Wikithons, blogging and much more besides. Follow the links below to find out more!




Want to get involved? Please get in touch on: electrifyingwomen@gmail.com. We are open to invitations to host lectures or other events anywhere in the UK.

This video was created in collaboration with the Research Retold team at www.researchretold.com. If you are interested in a collaboration, email contact@researchretold.com

Title image: Women’s Engineering Society visit to a power station, c.1938, courtesy of the IET archives.

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