Today is International Women’s Day. A day for women all over the world and from all walks of life to not only celebrate the massive strides in women’s rights and freedoms over the past century, but to acknowledge and recognize the ongoing equality struggles that exist across the globe and in all sectors of society.
I feel this Women’s Day will hold a particular significance, as certain aspect of women’s inequality have been brought to the fore over the past year with the #MeToo campaign. Not only have women loudly announced things that make a woman’s existence unique and challenging, but in voicing these issues, we have been united and determined.
The technology field, still mostly dominated by men, has undergone criticisms over the past year as well for a trend of gender-based discrimination. This past November, The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote an illuminating piece on the problem, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention engineer Susan Fowler’s account of working for Uber.
In light of these ongoing struggles for women in tech, we at 3Ders want to highlight and celebrate some of the women who have made and are making an impact in the 3D printing industry. These are women who have not only contributed to the advancement of the technology and its applications but who have helped to challenge and begin to break down barriers in the field.
From scientists to company founders, makers, engineers, and designers, women have played a crucial role in the proliferation of 3D printing across a number of industries. To recognize some of these inspiring women, we’ve compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of influential women in the industry
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