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Given the big She Roars pow-wow this week, it seems a good time to take stock of how much things have changed regarding women in engineering at Princeton.

In 1970, women earned less than 1 percent of engineering undergraduate degrees nationwide. Today at Princeton women comprise more than 35 percent of the undergraduate class and 25 percent of graduate students. Women now comprise more than 15 percent of faculty at Princeton. 

The She Roars conference features talks by three prominent female Princeton engineers: alumna Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Emily Carter, the founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; and MacArthur “genius” grant award winner Naomi Ehrich Leonard, who is both an alumna and a professor at Princeton.

Cartoon by Jonathan Robinson, reprinted courtesy the Daily Princetonian.