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