From the 21-23 November 2019, students from the University of Leeds department of Performance and Cultural Industries performed the play SHE at Stage@Leeds. Based on the lives of women in engineering, the students devised the play themselves, while working with the Electrifying Women project team. You can read more about the production and the different women whose lives were dramatised here.
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?
One of the main aims of the project – to introduce more people to the history of women in engineering and thereby encourage more girls and women to find their place in the industry – still requires work. There are still many more audiences to reach and more stories to tell. This is why we need you! We want to provide the resources that you might need to deliver your own events, or to write a blog, or do your own research into the history of women in engineering.
On a cold and wet November evening, we entered the Stage@Leeds performing space for SHE, a public performance by final-year theatre and performance students at the University of Leeds. The enticing poster showed a young woman with a printed circuit board projected onto her face. Read more about how the students brought the lives of women in engineering and STEM to life.
This guest blog from creative writing specialist Hannah Stone reflects on her creative writing workshop with the Migrant Access Project + in Armley, Leeds.
In the field of model engineering, women remain under-represented, so the long and successful career of top modeller Cherry Hill, who has won many awards and accolades for her work, deserves to be highlighted. Especially because, despite her reputation within the model engineering community, Cherry Hill is almost unknown outside the community. This guest blog by Geoff Theasby tells her story.
Wikithons are an effective way to get more women’s careers and lives recorded online. Learn more about how an Electrifying Women and WES wikithon helped to make the internet less sexist.
Our Electrifying Women project was set up to look for new ways to share a better understanding of women’s long participation in engineering. While women’s voices from the past can be very difficult to recover, we can still use our creative skills to fill the gaps in the documentary story so that we can imagine what it was like to be a past female engineer. Read this blog to learn more about our creative writing workshops.