Beatrice Alice Hicks

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Beatrice Alice Hicks (January 2, 1919 – October 21, 1979) was an American engineer, the first woman engineer to be hired by Western Electric, and both co-founder and first president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1950.

Beatrice Hicks was born in 1919 in Orange, New Jersey to William Lux Hicks, a chemical engineer, and Florence Benedict. Hicks decided at an early age that she ... more »

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  • ''Women think that an engineer is a man in hip boots building a dam. They don't realize that 95 percent of engineering is done in a nice air-conditioned office.''
    Beatrice Alice Hicks (1919-1979), U.S. women Engineers (1951). Originally quoted in a 1952 Mademoiselle article; Hicks had been selected as one of ten...
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