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Rare Invaders—The Pre-World War II History of Women in American Engineering, Digital Original Edition

A BIT of Girls Coming to Tech!


Engineering education in the United States was long regarded as masculine territory. In this BIT, Amy Bix describes how a few women breached the gender-reinforced boundaries of engineering education before World War II. They were a rare group of women who simply worked their way into engineering, through observation, persistence, and the happenstance of being in the right place at the right time.

About the Author

Amy Sue Bix is Professor in the Department of History at Iowa State University, where she is also the Director of the Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science.