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Heritage Center exhibit celebrates female engineers

POSTED: January 19, 2012 12:10 a.m.

Petticoats and Slide Rules, a historical exhibit on women in engineering from the Society of Women Engineers, will be on display at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center through April 1.

The exhibit explores the evolving role of women in engineering by celebrating women’s technological achievements, personal experiences and equal rights struggles. It also relates the story of SWE, the first American national engineering society incorporated and dedicated to promoting women in engineering and science.

“The GEHC is very excited to host this unique exhibition,” said Director of Development Jason West. “One of the GEHC’s goals is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related careers and opportunities for young people. This exhibit certainly inspires and educates future generations about the changing roles of women in the engineering profession.”

The Petticoats and Slide Rules exhibit uses photos, interviews and video to highlight decades of promoting equal opportunity for women in engineering, as well as inspirational stories of women who paved the way for future generations.

Examples range from Emily Roebling’s work on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1880s to former astronaut Dr. Sally Ride’s pioneering flight into space,

The exhibit was developed by archivists at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University in Detroit.

The center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford, phone 770-904-3500.

The exhibit is included with GEHC admission; members are free. For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.



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