Historical Engineers

Long before women engineers were considered something special, some amazing women were doing great things to pave the way. Although their contributions are sometimes unrecognized, women with a little ingenuity have always had the power to do great things.

Also learn more in this fun video produced for EngineerGirl by George Retelas with his digital art students at SAE Institute.

Featured Historical Engineers

These extraordinary engineers helped to reshape the world. Each one made remarkable achievements during their lifetime that still impact the systems and technology we use today.


These women have opened the way for others in engineering through their courage, creativity, perservence, and achievement. This ever-growing list of role models is reservoir of inspiration.

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