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First Ladies of HFES

By Francis T. Durso

Learning about the four women in the stories below was one of the most fun and rewarding activities of my year as President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. I wrote the four stories for the HFES Bulletin and am excited that HFES has decided to gather the stories in order to highlight them here.

This adventure into the role of women in the Society was inspired by the photograph from the genesis meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I noticed one woman among the hundred men. I enjoyed interviewing her contemporaries and searching through news from the 1940s and 1950s so much that I decided to continue to look at other first women in our Society.

I think you will find the four women featured here to be truly remarkable. As I learned more about them, I also started learning more about women in HFES today. I hope you enjoy reading about these four women and the results of their pioneering efforts as much as I enjoyed writing about them.


Cameron

McKeown

Lauer

Cooke

Finding Eve
December 2013, Volume 56, Number 12
Ruth Hoyt Cameron

Whirly-Girl
February 2014, Volume 57, Number 2
Dora Jean Dougherty McKeown (Strother)

Top Girl
June 2014, Volume 57, Number 6
Gloria Indus Lauer

Making Change
October 2014, Volume 57, Number 10
Nancy J. Cooke

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