POTSDAM — Laura Ettinger, an affiliate professor of historical past at Clarkson College, and her co-authors have been awarded the Martha Trescott Prize by the Society for the Historical past of Expertise. The prize is given yearly for the best-published essay in one in every of two areas: in even-numbered years, the prize is awarded to an impressive revealed historic essay within the space of ladies in expertise. In odd-numbered years, the prize can be awarded to an impressive revealed essay within the space of social duty of engineers in historical past. Martha Trescott was one of many pioneering spirits behind Ladies in Technological Historical past (WITH).
Ettinger, Nicole Conroy ‘09, at the moment an assistant professor in human growth & household research on the College of Vermont, and William Barr II (SUNY Potsdam ‘17) are the 2020 winners of the inaugural Martha Trescott Prize, for an impressive revealed historic essay within the space of ladies in expertise, for his or her essay: “What Late-Profession and Retired Ladies Engineers Inform Us: Gender Challenges in Historic Context,” Engineering Research, 11,3 (2019) 217–242; https://doi.org/10.1080/19378629.2019.1663201.
The essay addresses why engineering, not like all the opposite professions (together with the clergy), has not seen a sustained enchancment in ladies’s workforce participation in a long time. The group surveyed greater than 250 North American ladies engineers who graduated from faculty within the Seventies: the so-called affirmative motion technology of ladies engineers. Their conclusion is that affirmative motion packages are usually not adequate to wipe out the delicate discriminatory results of what the authors name “gender points which might be deeply entrenched in our interpersonal relations and social buildings.” This results in a really “leaky pipeline” between commencement charges and prolonged workforce participation for ladies in engineering.
The workforce was awarded a $500 examine and a certificates on the Society’s award’s banquet on October 10.