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1 Kate Gleason A pioneer for women in engineering Nicole Varble

2 Early Years Born Nov Born Nov William Gleason, father and owner of The Gleason Works William Gleason, father and owner of The Gleason Works Gleason Works becomes gateway to engineering Gleason Works becomes gateway to engineering The Gleason Works Factory

3 Nicole Varble William Gleason was said to “[have] a sympathetic interest in women’s emancipation and an evangelical zeal to acquaint his children- sons and daughters alike- to the marvels of engineering.” (Weingardt 107) William Gleason was said to “[have] a sympathetic interest in women’s emancipation and an evangelical zeal to acquaint his children- sons and daughters alike- to the marvels of engineering.” (Weingardt 107) Susan B. Anthony: “…she impressed one fact upon me while I was growing up: Any advertising is good. Get praise if possible, blame if you have to. But never stop being talked about.” (Weingardt 108) Susan B. Anthony: “…she impressed one fact upon me while I was growing up: Any advertising is good. Get praise if possible, blame if you have to. But never stop being talked about.” (Weingardt 108)

4 Nicole Varble Death of half brother breeds unfortunate opportunity Death of half brother breeds unfortunate opportunity 1884 graduated high school 1884 graduated high school Cornell University, a state grant school Cornell University, a state grant school Called back to Rochester on account of “struggling company” Called back to Rochester on account of “struggling company” 1890 named Secretary and Treasurer of The Gleason Works 1890 named Secretary and Treasurer of The Gleason Works “Marie Curie of machine tools” (Weingardt 108) “Marie Curie of machine tools” (Weingardt 108)

5 Nicole Varble The Journey Remained at The Gleason Works until 1913 Remained at The Gleason Works until joined Ingle Machine Company and demonstrated her business capabilities 1914 joined Ingle Machine Company and demonstrated her business capabilities

6 Nicole Varble –German Engineering Society –Rochester Chamber of Commerce –Rochester Engineering Society –President of East Rochester National Bank –American Society of Mechanical Engineers –American Concrete Institute

7 Nicole Varble An Attitude for Success “To be really happy you can not accept the easy berth; you must ever strike out into new industrial battle grounds.” (Ross) “To be really happy you can not accept the easy berth; you must ever strike out into new industrial battle grounds.” (Ross) “When I recall stories told to me by women struggling for a place in other professions, I insist that engineers are in a class apart.” (Weingardt 109) “When I recall stories told to me by women struggling for a place in other professions, I insist that engineers are in a class apart.” (Weingardt 109)

8 Nicole Varble And Innovative Thought “My girlish ambitions were fiercely personal. I felt keenly that girls in this world were accorded second place, and I resent being second.” (Bennett) “My girlish ambitions were fiercely personal. I felt keenly that girls in this world were accorded second place, and I resent being second.” (Bennett) Her motto: “If I can I will.” (James 51) Her motto: “If I can I will.” (James 51)

9 Nicole Varble Final Years –World Power Conference in Germany as ASME representative –At age 65! “I want to live until I’m one hundred and work until the last minute.” “I want to live until I’m one hundred and work until the last minute.” Death in 1933 Death in 1933

10 Nicole Varble Lasting Legacy –Land donated to RIT – Kate Gleason Hall is dedicated –Estate given to RIT by Gleason trustees –Engineering Building named Kate Gleason College of Engineering _Kate_Gleason_Hall_with_Sundial.jpg/783px-RIT_building_- _Kate_Gleason_Hall_with_Sundial.jpg

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