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Women's Engineering Society

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1919 The society was formed by Rachel Parsons, after the First World War, during which many women had taken up roles in engineering to replace men who were involved in the military effort. There had been an attitude among employers and trades unions that denied women jobs and training in engineering. While it had been seen as necessary to bring women into engineering to fill the gap left by men joining the armed forces, government, employers and trades unions were against the continuing employment of women after the war.[1]

"The Women's Engineering Society was formed 'to promote the study and practice of engineering among women...'"[2]

1919 Rachel Parsons became the society's first president.[3]

1920 A Conference was held in London under the presidency of Lady Parsons. Reference was made to the hostile attitude of the trade unions to the employment of women in engineering factories. The society demanded that all technical colleges should be open to girls as well as boys.[4]

1924 Miss C. Griff was Chairman.[5]

1926 The fourth annual Conference of Women Engineers will be held at Leeds University from September 3rd to 6th next, inclusive.[6]

1966 Miss Rose Winslade became president.[7]


Presidents

  • 2015-present Benita Mehra
  • 2014-2015 Dawn Bonfield MBE
  • 2013-2014 Carol Marsh
  • 2011-2013 Milada Williams
  • 2008-2010 Jan Peters MBE
  • 2007 Grazyna Whapshott
  • 2005-2006 Dawn Fitt
  • 2003-2004 Pam Wain
  • 2002 Jackie Carpenter
  • 2001 Jackie Longworth MBE
  • 2000 Nicole Rockliff
  • 1999 Suzanne Flynn
  • 1998 Petra Godwin
  • 1997-1998 Philippa Ayton
  • 1995-1997 Mary Harris / Sue Bird
  • 1993-1995 Lynette Willoughby
  • 1991-1993 Sue Bird
  • 1989-1991 Dorothy Hatfield OBE
  • 1987-1989 Hilda Blount
  • 1985-1987 Linda Maynard
  • 1983-1985 Daphne Jackson OBE
  • 1982-1983 Rosemary West
  • 1980-1981 Maria Watkins
  • 1978-1979 Veronica Milligan
  • 1976-1977 Henrietta Bussell
  • 1974-1975 Gwendolen Howard
  • 1972-1973 Peggy Hodges OBE
  • 1970-1971 May Maple
  • 1968-1969 Elizabeth Laverick OBE
  • 1966-1967 Rose Winslade OBE
  • 1965-1965 Cicely Thompson MBE
  • 1964-1964 Dorothy Cridland
  • 1963-1963 Cicely Thompson MBE
  • 1961-1962 Isabel Hardwich
  • 1959-1960 Madeleine Nobbs
  • 1957-1958 Marjorie Bell
  • 1955-1956 Kathleen Cook
  • 1954-1955 Dorothy Pile
  • 1952-1953 Ella Collin
  • 1950-1951 Sheila Leather
  • 1948-1949 Frances Heywood
  • 1946-1947 Winifred Hackett
  • 1944-1945 Margaret Partridge
  • 1942-1943 Gertrude Entwistle
  • 1940-1941 Dame Caroline Haslett
  • 1938-1939 Edith Mary Douglas
  • 1935-1937 Amy Johnson CBE
  • 1933-1934 Elizabeth Kennedy
  • 1931-1932 Verena Holmes
  • 1929-1930 Lady Margaret Moir OBE
  • 1926-1928 Laura Willson MBE
  • 1922-1925 The Hon Katharine, Lady Parsons
  • 1919-1921 Rachel Parsons


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Engineer 1969/09/25
  3. Rachel Parsons Website
  4. The Engineer 1920/12/10
  5. The Engineer 1924/09/19
  6. The Engineer 1926/07/23
  7. The Engineer 1966/12/16
  • Women's Engineering Society [1]