Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Romanian engineer Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu, who would have turned 131 today was honoured by Google Doodle.
Zamfirescu holds the distinction of being one of the world’s first female engineers.
She was born in the Romanian port city of Galai on November 10, 1887.

She was rejected by the School of Bridges and Roads in Bucharest, as was the norm of those times
“Undeterred, she applied to the Royal Technical Academy in Berlin, where one of the deans said she would be better off focusing on ?Kirche, kinder, and kuche? (Church, children, and cooking),” read Google’s blog post.

She graduated in 1912, with a degree in engineering. Zamfirescu was also the first female member of A.G.I.R. (General Association of Romanian Engineers) and eventually ran laboratories for the Geological Institute of Romania.

She was known for paying special attention to the training of staff and spending long hours mentoring young chemists.

Zamfirescu died at the age of 86 on November 25, 1973. In 1993 – twenty years after her passing – her legacy was commemorated in Romania’s capital city by naming a street in her honour.

 

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