Tuesday, June 21st, 2022On June 23, we celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, honoring women’s remarkable discoveries and achievements in the engineering space. Taking the time to learn more about these female trail-blazers is an excellent way to encourage young girls to explore STEM areas. Seeing the accomplishments of brilliant women like Edith Clarke and Patricia Bath busts through the gender-fueled stereotypes that many hold about engineering.
Of course, we've come a long way through the centuries, but there is still a wide divide between men and women in the engineering world. Hopefully, by shining a light on these incredible women and their accomplishments, we can continue to close the gap. These women not only inspire, but they are proof that you can do anything, regardless of gender.
After just two years with the company, she became an electrical engineer on salary, which was quite the feat during this period. After her time with GE, she began teaching at the University of Texas. She was the first female professor to teach electrical engineering in the United States.
The Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (currently the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) elected Clarke into the Institute in 1948. She was the first woman to gain this recognition.
Lovelace later translated the paper, including more in-depth descriptions and explanations, adding roughly 12,000 words to the original. She also proposed a specific algorithm that people recognize as the first computer program. As the first computer programmer, she essentially became the mother of computer science.
Although her name was left off the patent, the US military publicly acknowledged her contributions. This remarkable technology became the springboard for things like GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, and similar communications that people now use worldwide.
Most notably, she invented the Laserphaco Probe, a device and technique used for laser cataract surgery. Because of this achievement, she was able to restore eyesight to thousands and advocate for blindness prevention, cures, and treatment.
Motivating a New Generation of Women Engineers
Reading books about successful and inspiring women are great ways to motivate your daughter to try new things. She’ll also love our interactive games that spark interest in engineering and much more, like our Robot Workshop. These activities also show boys and girls that there’s room for everyone in the STEM fields, and together we can do amazing things.