Women's History: Honoring Innovation

Posted Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:48 AM

"Discover stories of remarkable women who were inventors, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers."

Women's History: Honoring Innovation

PostedMonday, March 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Women's History: Honoring Innovation

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. This month-long effort recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

Until fairly recently, women’s contributions – particularly in the fields of science, math, and engineering – have been largely overlooked by history. Women were involved and making significant improvements in these fields, but their achievements were often overlooked or attributed to the men with whom they worked.

That is changing. Not only are modern women earning acclaim in all fields, but it is getting easier to find the stories of remarkable women who were inventors, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers long before they were allow to vote.  

A few examples of women who have made valuable engineering contributions are included in this video produced for EngineerGirl by George Retelas with his digital art students at SAE Institute. (Also, watch for more great EngineerGirl videos like this one coming in 2017.) 

The EngineerGirl website has a section with a few profiles of remarkable women in the history of engineering. But there are many more resources you can find to investigate women’s contributions in different fields. For example:

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History) has a webpage devoted to stories about female inventors.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame includes nearly 70 women recognized for their outstanding contributions to science and engineering. You can find their profiles on the Hall of Fame website.


What other female innovators did you learn about during Women’s History Month 2017?