IEEE-USA: Strengthening the Stance of Women in Engineering
IEEE-USA: Strengthening the Stance of Women in Engineering

New E-Book Marks Fifth Book in IEEE-USA’s Famous Women in Engineering Series

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — It is no secret that women represent a far smaller percentage of the engineering workforce than their male counterparts. While some 35% of environmental engineers are women, they make up only 18% of chemical engineers, 10% of electrical engineers, and 9% of mechanical engineers.

According to DiscoverE’s 2023 Executive Summary, when high school students were asked how interested they were in pursuing a career in engineering, female students’ interest paled in comparison to male students’ interest. Why? Data shows that this is largely due to the “concrete” image (and visible gender divide) that exists in engineering fields today.

IEEE-USA is taking steps to bridge that divide by amplifying female engineers’ voices and telling stories highlighting women’s impact in the engineering profession. As female students gain more exposure to women in engineering roles, the chances increase that future generations will wholeheartedly embrace this field.

IEEE-USA’s recent June E-Book features the story of Judith Resnick – a member of the Challenger’s crew. There have only been a few times, when nearly everyone can remember where and how they heard the news. For example, the end of WWII, the assassination of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., Princess Diana’s death, and the Challenger disaster. The Challenger disaster was different than the others, however; because, somewhat like 9/11 (just 15 years later), people didn’t just hear the news — they saw it happen. This story is about one member of the Challenger’s crew — Judith Resnik. She often said she didn’t want to be seen as a woman astronaut, or a Jewish astronaut, just as an astronaut. So, this story is about Judith Resnik — engineer, astronaut and American hero. This is the fifth book in IEEE-USA’s award-winning “Famous Women Engineers in History” series.

In the fourth book of the IEEE-USA’s award-winning “Famous Women Engineers in History” series, author Paul Lief Rosengren tells the story of Kate Gleason, who did not conform to the stereotypical image of women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Gleason felt as comfortable in overalls as fancy dresses and hats; became the first woman enrolled in Cornell University’s Engineering program; was chosen as the first woman member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Concrete Institute; and made a name for herself in sales, business and engineering.

Friends with Susan B. Anthony, Henry Leland, Lillian Gilbreth (a successful engineer and businesswoman in her own right) and Henry Ford, Gleason made her mark on the world in countless ways. To name a few, after WWI, she used her wealth to help rebuild a French town and generously supported her hometown, Rochester, N.Y. Her significant gift to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) led to the renaming of the engineering school in 1998 as “The Kate Gleason School of Engineering.” In 2003, RIT established “The Kate Gleason Endowed Chair” given to a professor who, among other qualities, motivates women in engineering activities and builds “upon the tradition of Kate Gleason as a role model for women in engineering.” Gleason’s legacy embodies determination, hard work, and creativity, as praised by former RIT President Albert Simone.

Since 2014, IEEE-USA has published 36 e-books on Women in Engineering — all written by IEEE members, and each featuring a different woman’s journey through life and career in her own words. The individual books and compilations can be found in the IEEE-USA Shop.

IEEE-USA also sponsors a number of regional IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) events across the country — such as the International Leadership Summits — which provide a forum for women students, researchers, educators, engineers, leaders and innovators to discuss a wide variety of relevant topics in the fields of engineering, science and technology.

One such upcoming event is the IEEE WIE Forum USA East, to take place on 7-9 November 2024 in Stamford, CT. This year’s event, themed “Own Your Power Skills,” focuses on developing leadership skills for all career stages, featuring talks by successful leaders from IEEE Northeast and demonstrations of emerging technologies to inspire STEM outreach ideas. For IEEE-USA, promoting and engaging in events like this is key to disseminating the knowledge and information necessary to enhance the recruitment and retention of women in technical fields worldwide.

Through July only! Use discount code FWEJUL24 and get Compilation Vol.1 (Books 1-4) of the IEEE-USA Women in Engineering series FREE (members AND non-members).

Also, be sure to explore the IEEE-USA Famous Women Engineers in History series or the award-winning IEEE-USA Women in Engineering series today. Both are FREE for IEEE members.


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Leah Laird
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist, IEEE-USA
202-530-8328 | [email protected]

John Yaglenski
Director of Communications, IEEE-USA
202-530-8359 | [email protected]


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