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Documents and Books
Searching the S&T Library catalog using the search term "women inventors" will bring up a plethora of resources. You may need to log in to use electronic resources. Additional resources are listed below.
Article in 1966 Alumnus magazine summarizing the results of a career survey sent to all known living female graduates. Includes quotes from Jean Lloyd Arras, first female Electrical Engineering grad, and Eva Hirdler Greene.
Documentary series hosted by Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno and Dee Wallace Stone, Women First & Foremost offers shining examples of how generations of women have achieved their deserved place at the forefront of history.
"For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties."
First poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors."
The Picturing Women Inventors poster series starts and ends with big ideas and questions. Each set of inventors answers the question asked at the top of the poster. Using an inquiry- based approach, we invite you to first explore the stories of women inventors who are often overlooked or forgotten altogether. While doing so, connect the inventors’ experiences to your own lives. Next, develop your own research question and undertake an investigation of the past to uncover the story of a woman inventor. Throughout this process, continue to think outwardly about the ways your classroom experiences could and should impact your community and the world around you.
Who Gets To Be An Inventor?
Second poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors."
When you hear the word “inventor” who comes to mind? We often imagine white men wearing lab coats working in laboratories, or wild-haired tinkerers in their garages. Many think of famous figures like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs. In reality, inventors have always come from every segment of society. The stories of women inventors especially have often been overlooked, undervalued, and sometimes lost. The Picturing Women Inventors poster exhibition and this accompanying Educators’ Guide engage students by revealing these hidden inventors’ stories and, in the process, help redefine who gets to be an inventor.
How old do I have to be to invent?
Third poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors.
I have an idea...
Fourth poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors"
What skills do inventors need?
Fifth poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors"
Can my invention save a life?
Sixth poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors"
How can I help the environment?
Seventh poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors"
What inspires you?
Eighth poster from Smithsonian exhibit "Picturing Women Inventors"
Smithsonian educational resource for "Picturing Women Inventors"