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Browse the Reuther's audio clips for miscellaneous radio spots, interviews, and speeches. Currently this area of the Reuther's Web site includes content from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Phyllis Gaylard and Pamela Strong StoryCorps Interview, Clip 4, 2007


4:30 minutes (4.15 MB)
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Pamela Strong tells Phyllis Gaylard about when she was 4 years old and Albert Einstein explained to her the theory of relativity. Gaylard, aerospace engineer, and Strong, a rocket scientist, are both Fellows of the Society of Women Engineers. Strong was the recipient of the 2007 SWE Achievement Award.

This recording is Clip 4 of 4. Click on the "Gaylard / Strong Interview" link above to find all clips from the interview. Click on the "2007 StoryCorps Interviews" link above to find all audio recordings from the interviews.

This oral history interview was recorded October 26, 2007 at the Society of Women Engineers WE07 National Conference in Nashville, TN as part of StoryCorps (www.storycorps.net), a nationwide initiative of Sound Portraits Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.

Prinda Wanakule SWE Grassroots Oral History Interview, Clip 1, 2012


3:36 minutes (3.3 MB)
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Prinda Wanakule discusses her experience as a woman engineering student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, including a male student who insisted in 2004 that women could not perform A-level work in engineering or math courses. Wanakule joined the Society of Women Engineers in 2004, and has held numerous leadership and committee positions at the local, regional, and national level. She received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin.

This oral history interview was recorded November 7, 2012 at the Society of Women Engineers WE12 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, as part of the SWE Grassroots Oral History Project. The interviewer is Troy Eller. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. The excerpt may have been edited for length, however the intent of the interviewee's words remain the same. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.

Rebecca Sparling, SWE Achievement Award Recipient, Part 1, 1957

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7:19 minutes (6.7 MB)
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Award Committee Chairman Josephine Troxell introduces Rebecca Hall Sparling, SWE Achievement Award recipient. Sparling begins her acceptance speech, discussing the help she has received in the pursuit of her career, the difficulty she experienced in finding her first engineering positions, and how she, as a woman engineer, was first perceived in a male-dominated field.

This speech was recorded March 16, 1957 in Houston, TX at the Society of Women Engineers National Convention (Conference). This recording is Part 1 of 2. Click on the "Rebecca Sparling" link above to find all parts of the speech. Click on the "1957 SWE National Convention" link above to find all audio recordings from the convention.

Rebecca Sparling, SWE Achievement Award Recipient, Part 2, 1957

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7:30 minutes (6.87 MB)
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SWE Achievement Award recipient Rebecca Hall Sparling concludes her acceptance speech, discussing her work with industry during the Second World War, entering the aerospace industry, and mentoring junior high school students.

This speech was recorded March 16, 1957 in Houston, TX at the Society of Women Engineers National Convention (Conference). This recording is Part 2 of 2. Click on the "Rebecca Sparling" link above to find all parts of the speech. Click on the "1957 SWE National Convention" link above to find all audio recordings from the convention.

Renee Weisman, Marge Inden, and Bernice Brody StoryCorps Interview, Clip 1, 2008


6:53 minutes (6.31 MB)
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Renee Weisman, Marge Inden, and Bernice Brody discuss the difficult first days they each had as women engineers in a male-dominated profession in the late 1960s and 1970s, and how they succeeded despite rocky starts. Weisman describes how rooms would suddenly become quiet when she walked in, and how women engineers posed a change for industry. Inden recalls that she was given a desk but no actual job assignments when she first started, and Brody remembers that her manager would not talk to her. Weisman is envious of Inden's desk, explaining that she originally had to use the desks of whichever colleagues were on vacation. Despite the rough start, she explains how a crisis on her second day of work led her to quickly take on leadership roles. Inden confesses that when male colleagues didn't believe her when she pointed out their mistakes, she quickly learned to pretend to be ignorant to force them to explain something to her and hopefully discover their mistakes in the process. She also recalls how she stunned her male colleagues by cobbling together a needle threader to fish a frayed rope through a plumb-bob.

Weisman, Inden, and Brody all began their engineering careers at IBM. After nearly 40 years with the company, Weisman retired in 2007 as a distinguished engineer and director of engineering and has since started a leadership consulting firm. Inden transitioned from a career in engineering to one in the financial sector and is currently a senior registered client service associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Brody is currently an executive project manager at IBM Global Services. Inden is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the Board of Trustees. Brody has served in numerous positions within SWE and is currently the Speaker of the Senate.

This recording is Clip 1 of 5. Click on the "Weisman / Inden / Brody Interview" link above to find all clips from the interview. Click on the "2008 StoryCorps Interviews" link above to find all audio recordings from the 2008 SWE StoryCorps interviews.

This oral history interview was recorded November 7, 2008 at the Society of Women Engineers WE08 National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland as part of StoryCorps (www.storycorps.net), a nationwide initiative of Sound Portraits Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. The excerpt may have been edited for length and clarity. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.

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