“I didn’t want to just know names of things. I remember wanting to know how it all worked.” — Elizabeth Blackburn.
Bertha Lamme was the first female mechanical engineer. In 1893 she took a job working at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, opening up so many new doors for women all around the world and changing the normalities that came with time she lived in. For a couple of years now I have wanted to become a mechanical engineer and seeing how Ms. Lamme was able to do persevere at a time where the engineering industry was reserved for men is so inspiring. She exemplifies my goals for TALONS in many ways, such as working hard on the things she believed in throughout all of her university days just like I would like to. A major difference would be the times we grew up in. Today women have more opportunities in STEM than we have in the past especially in comparison to 1893. This is almost 30 years before women got rights in the US. With this barrier of time, I plan on looking into how many struggles women had to go through to be themselves and how hard they had to work to get things they found important done. By doing this I can hopefully achieve a deeper understanding of Bertha’s life.
Bertha Lamme unlocked so many doors for women going into STEM. Historian Anne Madarasz said, “But I think she is a shining example of setting out on a path that few if any, had trod before and succeeded.”. Bertha is an amazing influence for young women everywhere because she was a pioneer and started something very big and world-changing. From Ohio States analytics in 2018, there was a 27% increase in how many women enrolled in their undergraduate program just five years later. It’s been almost 130 years since Bertha started her career and I would hope that in another 100 years she still will be recognized and mentioned in her work in the industry. We as a society need to remember the people who started the things we love, this is why she should be researched and understood. she worked in a time where there were no females to look up to. she followed her passions and it got her exactly where she wanted. She broke barriers women at that time did not know were possible.
Bertha is a person whom people need to remember. She was strong mentally, smart, and never gave up no matter how hard things were. Anyone and everyone can learn from her no matter your ethnicity, gender, or religion. They can see how to push through the really hard times to get what you want. she inspired Ohio State University to create the Women in Engineering program to help motivate and increase the number of women in STEM. Ms. Lamme should be researched and called eminent because she earned it.
She inspires me and so many other girls around the world to go for their dreams and to never give up.