Women in Chemistry

Technician inserting drop of blood into flame of Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Model 403 to determine lead content. CHF Collections

Women have been central to the chemical and molecular sciences since antiquity, though their role has been—intentionally or not—obscured or missing in the annals of history. The purpose of our Women in Chemistry oral history project is to preserve the history of women’s contributions to science, medicine, and technology in their own words. The oral histories in this collection focus on formative experiences, the importance of mentors and networks, as well as the changing roles of women in chemistry throughout the twentieth century.

Many of the recent Women in Chemistry oral histories have been conducted with women who entered the workforce in the first and second generations after the establishment of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which ensures that sex is not a factor in one’s employment.  

Individuals interviewed for this collection so far are:

 

A

Allison A. Aldridge
Gloria L. Anderson

B

Helen M. Berman
Michelle V. Buchanan
Cynthia J. Burrows
Susan Butts

C

Sally Chapman
Uma Chowdhry
Mildred Cohn 

D

Elizabeth Dyer

E

 

F

Sharon X. Feng
Penelope Fenner-Crisp
Helen M. Free 

G

Mary Gall
Judith C. Giordan
Cornelia Gillyard
Mary L. Good
Mihal Gross

H

Kathryn C. Hach-Darrow
Darleane C. Hoffman
Catherine T. Hunt

I

 

J

Nancy B. Jackson
Madeleine Jacobs
Madeleine M. Joullié

K

Jean Kane
Isabella L. Karle
Reatha Clark King
Stephanie L. Kwolek

L

 

M

Linda C. Meade-Tollin
Catherine H. Middlecamp

N

Donna J. Nelson
Amy H. Newman

O

 

P

Emma R. Parmee
Jennie R. Patrick

Q

 

R

Elsa Reichmanis
Esther Reichstein
Geraldine L. Richmond

S

JoAnne Stubbe

T

Esther S. Takeuchi
Margaret E. M. Tolbert
Marion C. Thurnauer

U

 

V

 

W

Ann Weber
Carol Williams

XYZ

 

 

Click here for a more detailed description of each of the oral histories in this collection.

Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry

Women in Chemistry

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