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Engineering

This Black Female Engineer Broke through the Double Bind of Racism and Sexism and Directly Nurtured a Legion of STEM Leaders

Yvonne Y. Clark, known as Y.Y., had a lifetime of groundbreaking achievements. In the final episode of this season’s Lost Women of Science podcast, we see how Y.Y.’s more than five decades of teaching educated a new generation of mechanical engineers, who credit her with helping to change the industry...

October 13, 2022 — Katie Hafner, Carol Sutton Lewis and The Lost Women of Science Initiative
Engineering

For the ‘First Lady of Engineering,’ Freedom Meant Facing Down Racism and Sexism—And Breaking Her Own Rules

Yvonne Y. Clark, known as Y.Y. throughout her career, had a lifetime of groundbreaking achievements as a Black female mechanical engineer. In the second episode of the newest season of the  Lost Women of Science podcast, we see Y.Y.’s true grit as she fights for recognition and a place at the science table...

September 29, 2022 — Katie Hafner, Carol Sutton Lewis and The Lost Women of Science Initiative
Inequality

Lost Women of Science, Episode 3: The Case of the Missing Portrait

A missing portrait of physician and pathologist Dorothy Andersen takes us on a journey into the perils of memorialization—and who gets to be remembered. Pediatric intensivist Scott Baird hunts for the portrait, and psychiatry resident Nientara Anderson and emergency medicine resident Lizzy Fitzsousa, both former medical students at Yale University, explain how, in today’s diverse communities, “dude walls” can have an insidious effect on those who walk past them every day...

November 18, 2021 — Katie Hafner and The Lost Women of Science Initiative
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