women mechanics

Bertha Lamme Feicht

(1869–1943) Engineer

Bertha Feicht is considered to be the first American woman to earn a degree in a discipline of engineering other than civil engineering. Her thesis addressed mechanical and electrical engineering. After graduation she accepted a position at Westinghouse as the first woman engineer at that firm. In 1973 the Westinghouse Educational Foundation created a scholarship in her name.

Number 160 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Self-compassion is a great tool to cope with racism. Helps to think, “This is a bizarre hatred, & I don’t deserve this kind of treatment. I’m worthy of love and respect…I deserve goodness, not this treatment. I didn’t do anything wrong.” Don’t internalize the hatred to make you think you are actually a bad person, or any of the negative stereotypes. Don’t listen to the BS they say at all. In your head, just hug yourself and keep reaffirming. Comfort yourself like you’d comfort your 10 year-old self.

Shoutout to the girls doing ‘dirty jobs.’ The women who can’t wear makeup, nail polish, flattering clothes or have piercings and tattoos when at work. Props to the ladies who come home with dirt under their nails, stains on their uniforms and smells stuck to them that cannot be washed away with a single shower. To the girls who don’t feel pretty in their workplace. To the trans girls who cannot yet pass in the workplace. I see your dirt, smears, scars and dry skin. I see your scrubs, coveralls, aprons and smocks. I see your messy buns and steel-toed boots.

Your hard work is beautiful. Your blood, sweat and tears are worthy of respect. I am so proud of you and all you do. You are just as stunning in your work clothes as you are on a night out.

More about tipping points/hitting the wall

Some of you might have read my post about ADHD “tipping points,” a situation where a person who was functioning fairly well goes through a change in environment, expectations, or support systems where they can no longer cope, and become extremely disabled. They look and feel like they’re falling apart, and they may get diagnosed for the first time.

Someone mentioned that this phenomenon sounds an awful lot like autistic burnout. I agree, to some extent. However, I think it’s possible to reach a tipping point without burning out entirely (though probably not vice versa). Why?

I’ve actually had two tipping points in my life. One in college, where I sought out and got a diagnosis, and I did not burn out. And one during graduate school, where I did.

So, what was different about college? 

It wasn’t use of formal disability accommodations. Ironically, in college, I did not seek out or receive any accommodations from my school, or even register with the disability office. In grad school, I did register with the disability office and got accommodations for some assistive technology and executive function coaching.

More frequent breaks. My college was on the quarter system. I routinely burned out by the eighth week (luckily my finals were papers which were due early), and spent the end of the quarter and the week or two of breaks in between recovering. By the beginning of the next quarter I had my enthusiasm and mental functioning back. My graduate school was on the semester system, which tests one’s endurance a lot more. Also, graduate students are expected to work on breaks, so I never got a chance to fully recuperate between semesters.

Ability to subtract things from my life. I was involved in a number of clubs and dorm activities my freshman year, including an orchestra and a small student music group. I gradually cut back, until I was involved in no organized activities and my socializing consisted of informal hanging out with friends during mealtimes and in the afternoons and evenings after class. I finally gave up (and made peace with giving up) playing an instrument midway through college, along with drawing and fiction writing, which I had loved. In graduate school, there was very little to cut. I needed to take care of myself and spend time with my partner. I cut back on blogging, social media, volunteering with a local disability organization, and a class I had yearned to sit in on concerning the philosophy of psychiatry (I regret all those choices). It still wasn’t enough, and it made me feel out of touch with the reasons I’d pursued studying neuroscience in the first place.

Limited self-care tasks. In college, I deliberately arranged my life so that I would not have to struggle with self-care, which was time-consuming and exhausting for me at the time. I lived on campus in a dorm (where cleaning staff cleaned the bathrooms and cooking areas), ate mostly in the dining hall, and thus had limited cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping. In graduate school, my partner and I shared an apartment and cooking, cleaning, and shopping duties. To be close to campus and downtown, we lived about a mile walk from the grocery store, so just buying groceries was an ordeal.

Support outside of school. In college, living near home and with parental support, I was lucky enough to try occupational therapy (OT), therapy for my anxiety and depression, and medication. In grad school, I was cut off from my previous support network and had to build a new one. I did find a therapist and a prescriber after a while, but it took a long time and some false starts. I tried executive function coaching, but I really needed something more intensive than I got. The free executive coaching through disability services wasn’t helpful, and some of the suggestions were even counterproductive (e.g., switching certain sorts of lists and planning from paper to digital to be more “efficient”, or testing out unhelpful organizational software I had to pay for).

My overall environment. I loved my college. I loved my few close friends, I enjoyed the culture of the student body in general, I loved my teachers and my classes. My senses and emotions were nourished by the physical campus, and the town around the campus was the perfect size with the right amount of things to do, and the ideal balance between “real world” and “college bubble.” My graduate school was in a place that I, frankly, hated. I hated the undergraduate culture there, too, and because the town was dominated by undergraduates during the school year, I hated what they turned the place into. I loved my lab and adviser, and I enjoyed my classes, my teachers, my peers, and my department, but I didn’t feel like I fit in. My entering class never gelled as a unit; there were a lot of cliques, and I didn’t belong to them. I tried to make friends by starting a writing group but it didn’t last when I had to cut activities to stay afloat. My labmates were friendly to me and would respond when I talked to them, but they never sought me out to socialize either inside or outside the lab. My partner hated living there and was angry I had chosen to go there, and was even more isolated than I was. He had no one but me there, so I needed to spend a lot of time and energy on him and repairing our relationship that I didn’t always have. In academia, you go where the jobs are, no matter how heinous the town or the university/department culture. I had thought it didn’t matter to me where I lived since I didn’t go out much. The experience taught me that my physical and broader social environment make a huge difference–and therefore that I should rethink academia.

I suspect that I came close to burning out in college many times, but because of the college environment itself and the coping strategies and support networks I chose, I always brought myself back from the brink. Thus, I ended up with a tipping point that did not end in burn-out. My graduate-school tipping point ended in burnout and in a lot of ways, resembles autistic burnout. About a year after my burnout began, I am still recovering.

TL;DR? Here are some conclusions:

1) You can have more than one tipping point in your life. They can be more or less severe.

2) You can have a tipping point without burning out. You probably can’t burn out without having a tipping point.

3) Just like your environment and coping strategies determine whether you hit a tipping point, they also make a difference in whether you burn out.

4) Being diagnosed, developing coping strategies, and using services doesn’t prevent you from having tipping points again later.

Has anyone else had tipping points without burnouts, or multiple tipping points of different severity?



“ [ … ] Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?
You are iron.
And you are strong.

( raven reyes insp. / artwork )

( A huge thank you goes to the lovely @amorverus for her tutorial; it literally saved my life and also taught me few more things about ps. You are loved, girl! xx )

So I’m chillin after work jus checkin my oil & other necessities right quick … && bitch ass men keep offerin me help?!

Motherfucker I know how to check oil & maintain my vehicle better than you, my daddys a bomb mechanic in the 818 valley,and he taught me all he knows so back the fuck up fuckboy beforexyou get schooled.

Lillian Moller Gilbreth

(1878–1972) Psychologist and industrial engineer

Lillian Gilbreth is generally accepted as the first true industrial/organizational psychologist. She and her huband worked together and contributed significantly to the field of ergonomics as efficiency experts and industrial engineers. Their studies of time and motion mechanics and work fatigue helped to form the field of human factors engineering.

Number 154 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Meet the female mechanic trying to disrupt the male dominated auto-industry for good

In 2011, Philadelphia native Patrice Banks had been working as an engineer for 10 years when she realized that while she may be an expert at diagnosing what was wrong with the equipment in her company’s lab, when it came to what was under the hood of her car she was completely lost.

So Banks posted an informal Facebook poll, asking her female friends to name their No. 1 knowledge gap. They overwhelmingly returned the same answer: car maintenance. “That was my ‘aha!’ moment.”

Jean Baker Miller suggested that what we think of as “Women’s Intuition” or “Feminine Wiles” was never anything more than a protective mechanism that women developed to navigate a world that wasn’t meant to be safe for them. Women are not inherently more in tuned with emotion, but it becomes engrained that they must be able to read and predict emotions and behaviors at a more specific and nuanced level in order to survive without social or political power. This is how they protected and defended themselves. How they avoided danger.

the-banished-one  asked:

also about the rote ritter: velthomer is right next to the desert, and would be the first to be invaded if an attack came from it (and also they need to patrol the border), so it wouldnt surprise me if the soldiers were trained to fight well in the desert

You know at first I wondered why they didn’t have horses because a mage knight is roughly a mage fighter but mounted, but in the desert ponies are a liability!

now i’m thinking of aida climbing those cliffs with her heels thank you but the real question is if arvis himself attended to those modules and how many times he fell

willemdafoe  asked:

Rogue One

1. WOMEN EVERYWHERE, in the background, in the foreground, POC women, trans women, all the women. Women soldiers, women pilots, women mechanics, women mercs, women women women. Chirrut is a black lady and not some stereotypical magic asian, Baze is her Asian partner/lover and also a badass lady. Director Krennic? Also a lady. Her arc of getting her achievements stolen by her male coworkers becomes that much more poignant.

2. Actual character development where we address character motives and why they’re doing the thing for everyone besides the male/female leads. Bodhi actually gets to talk about what drove him to betraying the Empire.

3. No fridged mothers, she takes Jyn and they escape together. 

4. Tarkin doesn’t actually make the monumentally stupid and melodramatic and strategically nonsensical decision of blowing up the ENTIRE ARCHIVES. Just take out the freaking satellite or something. Christ. 

5. K-2SO survives to snark another day.

send me a tv show/book/fandom and i’ll say the top 5 things i’d change about it

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Hey check out who made the list ;) 

This list does a great job of covering a bunch of different fields within STEM so even if you are not interested in space there will be something for you!