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Women engineers have participated in the engineering profession and have shaped the development of American technology for over one hundred years. From a handful of women engineering graduates in the early 1900s, to thousands of working engineers in the 21st century, women have shown that "petticoats and slide rules" go hand-in-hand.
This unique, updated exhibit highlights the history of women engineers' evolving roles in American society and in the engineering profession. It also walks through the development of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the first American national engineering society dedicated to promoting women.
Petticoats and Slide Rules celebrates women in engineering, their struggles for equal rights, and their mission to introduce young women to a rewarding career. The display offers a wonderful visual opportunity to celebrate Women's History Month, National Engineers Week, a SWE section anniversary or related event.
Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library, in partnership with SWE, has developed this exhibit for easy display in a number of environments. Suitable for small museums, libraries, educational facilities, and organizations, Petticoats and Slide Rules is available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibit and rental information can be found in the exhibit brochure.
- Rental Fee: $500 for a 12-week period, plus shipping costs
- Number of Pieces: 18 mounted display panels shipped in 5 art portfolio cases, 1 DVD with interview clips from the Profiles of SWE Pioneers Oral History Project
- Running Feet Required: 50-60 feet
- Shipping: Standard, one-way ($250 - $450 depending on zip code)
- Fee Includes: Exhibit display, installations instructions, suggested programming guide, sample publicity materials and DVD
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