Letting The Women In – When did engineering organisations first admit women?

The early history of women becoming professional engineers in the UK, at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is full of the barriers and gatekeepers which had to be passed before women could get in. Obviously, getting the education was one barrier but another was that the professionalisation of engineering brought about a plethora of institutions and societies, most of which did not allow women to join at first. In the twentieth century there also arose a lot of sector-specific trade associations and material-specific research associations.

The following is my list of organisations and dates when they first admitted women, as it currently stands. I would of course be DELIGHTED to hear of any additions or corrections.

institution Founded (not necessarily when they got their royal charter) Year when a woman first admitted
Royal Aeronautical society 1866 1874
Institution of Electrical engineers   1898
Institute of Metals   1916
Iron and Steel Institute   1918
North east coast Institution of engineers and shipbuilders   1919
Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)   1919
Institute of Transport.   1920
Institution of Automobile Engineers.   1920
Society of Technical engineers   1920
British Cast Iron Research Association   1921
Worshipful Company of Shipwrights   1922
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.   1923
Illuminating Engineering· Society   1924
Institute of Marine Engineers   1924
Institution of Mechanical Engineers 1847 1924
Society of Engineers   1924
Institute of Quarrying (was Institute of Quarry Managers until 1927)   1925
Institution of Civil Engineers 1818 1925
Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers.   1925
Institution of Structural Engineers (was the Concrete Institute) 1908 / 1922 1926
British Institution of Radio Engineers.   1927
Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland   1928
Institution of Locomotive Engineers (London).   1930
Institute of the Motor Trade   1931
Institution of British Engineers   1933
Institution of Production Engineers   1936
Association of Mine Lighting Engineers   1938
Institute of Engineering Inspection   1938
Guild of Air Pilots’ Panel   1939
The Welding Institute (TWI) (Institute of Welding)   1943
National Association of Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal Merchants   1943
Association of Cost Engineers   1969
Royal Academy of Engineering (as Fellowship of engineering) 1976 1982
Worshipful Company of Engineers   2016
Chemical Society   1927 (fellow)
Royal Society   1945 fellows
Institution of the Rubber lndustry   1946/7
Institution of Metallurgists   1949 (associate)
Institute of British Foundrymen.   1949 (associate)
Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Technologists.   1962 (hon member)
Institulion of Metal Finishers   1972 (fellow)
Association of Computing Machinery    
Association of Consulting Engineers.    
Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen    
Association of Supervisory Electrical Engineers    
Birmingham Metallurgical Society    
British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT    
British Institute of Management    
British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing    
British Leather Manufacturers’ Research Association    
Building Engineering Services Associaiton (BESA)    
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers    
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers    
Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management    
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers    
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)    
Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation    
Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management    
Concrete Society    
Electrical Contractors Association    
Energy Institute (EI)    
Engineering Council UK    
Industrial Transport Association    
Institute of Acoustics (IOA)    
Institute of Cast Metal Engineers    
Institute of Chemical Engineers    
Institute of Engineering Designers    
Institute of Fuel    
Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management    
Institute of Highway Engineers    
Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology    
Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining    
Institute of Measurement and Control    
Institute of Patentees    
Institute of Physics    
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine    
Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering    
Institute of the Motor Industry    
Institute of Water    
Institution of Agricultural Engineers    
Institution of British Agricultural Engineers
Institution of British Foundrymen    
Institution of Chemical Engineers    
Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers    
Institution of Engineering and Technology    
Institution of Engineering Designers    
Institution of Fire Engineers    
Institution of Gas Engineers    
Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers    
Institution of Highways and Transportation    
Institution of Lighting Engineers    
Institution of Lighting Professionals    
Institution of Mining Engineers    
Institution of Municipal and County Engineers    
Institution of Nuclear Engineers    
Institution of Royal Engineers    
Institution of Sanitary Engineers.    
Institution of Water Officers    
Junior Institution of Engineers    
London Mathematical Society 1865  
Mineralogical Society    
Nuclear Institute    
Operational Research Society (ORS) 1948  
Science Council    
Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE)    
Society of Glass Technology    
Society of Operations Engineers    
The Royal Institution  

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