How Did the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Work to Expand Women's Educational
and Employment Opportunities, 1950-1977?


   Established in 1950, the national Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, devoted itself to expanding women's educational and professional opportunities in an era that is popularly remembered as the height of domesticity. In doing so, it forged connections to the "second wave" of American feminism that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. The documents in this project chronicle SWE's founding and early activities, the society's concern with appearing "subversive" in the context of the Cold War and its reliance on national security rhetoric, and the society's shift to embracing feminism in the decades that followed.


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