150 years of women in engineering
This year, along with the entire Berkeley campus, the College of Engineering is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the University of California’s 1870 resolution: “That young ladies be admitted into the University on equal terms in all respects with young men.” The act came just two years after the university’s founding, while many elite East Coast universities waited until the late 20th century to admit their first women students. Just six years after the resolution was enacted, Berkeley Engineering had its first female graduate: Elizabeth Bragg, the first woman to receive a civil engineering degree from an American university.
Today, our female faculty, students and alumni are at the cutting edge of our work at Berkeley Engineering: holding tenured positions, serving as mentors, leading innovative research, and founding breakthrough startups. Read on to learn more about the ways women have brightened the light at Berkeley Engineering over the decades.
We’ll be adding to this list as the year progresses, so check back for more on the women of Berkeley Engineering.