Books about Women in STEM [part1]

Below is a very incomplete and un-annotated list of some of the books I have used in my research into women’s history in engineering. This is a list of some of the books which I have donated over the years to the Glasgow Women’s Library. It therefore does not include a similar number in my…

Finding Miss Daisy

Daisy Hampson, motorist and racer Amongst the many women with access to serious funds who were early motorists, racers and rally drivers was a Miss Daisy Hampson. Described by the usually very knowledgeable Speedqueens blog as ‘enigmatic’ and by an also knowledgeable audience member at one of my recent talks as a woman who seemed…

Jonathan Ferguson’s story – an update

In 2016 I published what I knew then about Jonathan Ferguson’s unusual story. Delightfully, someone who worked with him has contacted me with some further information and given permission to share it here. Jonathan’s life as a scientific civil servant, after having transitioned from female in the very early days when gender-reassignment surgery had become…

Winifred Pink – from racing cars to tea vans

In preparing a talk* about women in automobile racing, for the 2021 annual Scottish Tour of the Vintage Sports Car Club, I was quickly submerged in the vast number of wonderful stories about amazing women. Even restricting it to just women who raced in the UK still leads to hundreds, some very well known, others…

The Fourth Signatory

On the 23rd June 1919 seven women met to decide how they could set up an association for women who worked in engineering – the Women’s Engineering Society. The paperwork took a while but, on 19th December 1919, they all put their names on the official documents that would, on Christmas Eve, register the society…

Building the Research about Women in Building Research

As loyal readers may recall, some while ago I did a rather boring blog that was basically just a list of some names of women scientific civil servants I had encountered in the records of the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Its merit, if any, was that some people who knew stuff about some of the women…

Boarding School Mechanics – some engineering episodes in girls’ novels

Part 3 in the series “Once Upon a Time There was an Engineer, looking for female engineers in film and fiction” comes from Guest Blogger Kay Whalley First, a disclaimer. I’m not an engineer. I collect girls’ books from about 1900 to about 2000. Girls’ school stories; girls’ adventure stories and girls’ career books. References…

Once Upon a Time There Was an Engineer……

Looking for Fictional Women Engineers – Part 2 – Soviet & German fiction     In Part 1 of my search for women engineers in fiction, I considered English-language novels, mainly British but also one from the USA. Whilst searching for those examples, I started to find some online references to women engineers mentioned in…

The First Female Tech Entrepreneur

Guest-authored* blog from Mary Monro Osteopath and author of Stranger In My Heart (Unbound 2018), https://linktr.ee/mmonro276 Mary has also written a novelised version of Dora’s story: Power On. More information here. Dora Metcalf (née Greene, 1892-1982) was a mathematician by training, though she came from a family of engineers and her own life’s work was…

Research in the time of Covid-19

So here we all are. Stuck at home to prevent this ghastly virus spreading too far too quickly. No access to archives and often not even to the archivists either. So what does the lover of historical knowledge do? She indulges herself in a spot of online retail therapy and goes shopping for secondhand books…

Once upon a time there was an engineer……

    Looking for Fictional Women Engineers, Part 1 – Print Having spent many years researching the real, but largely forgotten, history of women’s work in engineering, it occurred to me how rarely we see depictions of either male or female characters in films, TV or books who are engineers. If part of my original…