To mark International Women in Engineering Day, meet Explainer Team Leader Pippi Carty-Hornsby and find out how she went from making paper dolls houses to building racing cars and working our historic cotton mill machines.
Think of a scientist. What do you picture? The stereotypical answer (and the one we’re trying hard to change) would be a man, maybe in a lab coat. But even a century ago, that wasn’t necessarily the case.
Life for female engineers in the 1970s was very different, as items discovered in our archives show.
Dr Jessica Wade asks, “why is getting girls into STEM still an issue, and what can we do to change things?”
Did you know there’s a Hollywood star who also has a secret life as a scientist?