Glass Ceilings: Five Famous Women in Engineering - Brooke Chaplan


Beulah Louise Henry (1887-1973)

Glass Ceilings Five Famous Women in Engineering 4 - Beulah Louise Henry

Beulah was known as "The Lady Edison" for her inventions. Some of the most interesting are a doll with a radio inside, a vacuum ice cream freezer, and a typewriter that made multiple copies without needing to use carbon paper. Beulah wound up making a huge fortune by manufacturing her inventions through different companies.

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000)

Glass Ceilings Five Famous Women in Engineering 5 - Hedy Lamarr

Hedy's rise to worldwide flame occurred through film. In 1933, she appeared in the German film Ecstasy. She then moved to America and starred in several more films before fading from the scene. But what was not well-known, was her work as a scientist. In fact, Hedy invented the frequency-hopping technology that makes modern mobile communications, Bluetooth, and WiFi possible. It's thanks to her that people can now access the internet from anywhere in the world.

These women defeated incredible odds to become leaders in their engineering fields. Every one of them has defied the repressive structure of institutional sexism to do what they loved. Not only that, but they did it better than most men. Here's to you, ladies!

Article contributed by Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer based in Los Lunas, New Mexico.