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.
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.
Coreen McGuire talks to Lynette Willoughby, a former engineer, teacher and president of the Women’s Engineering Society, about succeeding against the odds, ways of learning, and the importance of teachers.
Coreen McGuire talks to engineer and former Women’s Engineering Society president Dawn Bonfield about routes into engineering, the benefits of diversity in design, and the importance of storytelling.
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.
How did one of Germany’s very first female engineers end up working in Britain during World War 2? The little-known story of Ira Rischowski is certainly not one of espionage. Hers is instead a drama of escape from Nazi persecution and narrowing opportunities until she was able to join the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Tracing the history of women in engineering can be challenging; often women’s work is undocumented or disguised. This blog focuses on a small, but incredible revealing, source from the IET archives: the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Register of Women Engineers, published in the Autumn of 1935. Find out more about what it can tell us about the lives of women in engineering.
For anyone looking into the history of women in British engineering, the archive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) from its foundation is an essential resource. This blog will offer an introduction to the holdings of the archive and how they can help us research the history of women in engineering.
The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is currently marking a major anniversary, founded on June 23rd 1919. Since then it has supported women working independently as engineers for 100 years, both in Britain and around the world. But what was it that brought the Society together in the first place?