In this guest blog post Henrietta Heald re-evaluates the life and work of WES’s first president, feminist and former engineer, Rachel Parsons.
A review of Henrietta Heald’s 2019 book exploring the founding of the Women’s Engineering Society and the lives of founder Rachel Parsons and the first secretary Caroline Haslett.
In this blog Graeme Gooday uncovers the stories of women engineers from Asia and Africa as written about in The Woman Engineer, journal of the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society.
This guest blog, written by Helen Close et al., looks at the remarkable career of mechanical engineer Verena Holmes, through newly uncovered archive material, including personal letters and diaries.
The Electrifying Women team, Emily Rees, Elizabeth Bruton and Graeme Gooday, reflect on what the project has learned over the last year from engaging with different audiences about the history of women in engineering.
This second blog post by Dr Emily Rees on Victorian naval engineer Henrietta Vansittart uses archival material to tell us more about her colourful and unconventional life.
In this blog, Graeme Gooday explores the international counterparts to the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and highlights some of WES’s international members, from the USA, Germany and further afield.
Graeme Gooday writes about the Electrical Association for Women’s handbook, first produced in 1934, of which nothing of the sort had previously been published in Britain for technically-minded women. It was so popular that 33,000 copies were sold in its first year alone, and it remained in print until the 1980s. What was it that made this book so popular? But then why was its final edition Essential Electricity: A User’s Guide not written specifically for women at all?
This guest blog by Catherine Best tells the story of the ‘radium girls’ employed in factories in World War One in the USA – their horrendous illness as a result of radium poisoning and their struggle for justice.
This blog post focuses on the life and work of Henrietta Vansittart (1833-1883) who held the patent for the Lowe-Vansittart propeller. This propeller was widely used in the Royal Navy’s ships and was awarded a first class diploma at the Kensington exhibition in 1871. A model of the propeller is held by the Science Museum Group. So why don’t we know more about her fascinating life?