Thesis ID: CBB208090114

Ms. Pearl Irma Young: “Raising Hell” for Women in STEM Fields and Women at NASA, 1914 – 1968 (2022)


Worley, Deborah (Advisor)
Milera, Caitlin Marie (Author)

Worley, Deborah
University of North Dakota
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 247

Women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Women’s underrepresentation in these fields is largely due to the countless barriers they face at K-12 levels, in higher education environments, and in the workforce. This historical analysis explored the academic and professional journey of a woman who persisted through these systemic and structural barriers, Ms. Pearl Irma Young. Through this research, I examined Ms. Young’s experiences in higher education, at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and at NASA. To do so required robust data collection of archival resources, as well as a thorough analysis rooted in critical feminist perspectives. The primary source of data for this research was the Pearl Young Papers housed at the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota. Archival data was also gathered from university libraries, NASA center archives, historical societies, the Library of Congress, the National Personnel Records Center, and personal collections.I applied critical feminist perspectives in my historical analysis, which revealed the existence of barriers across higher education and at the NACA/NASA for Ms. Young. Despite the barriers she faced throughout her career as a woman in STEM, Ms. Young persisted. And she did so through acts of advocacy, connectedness with friends and colleagues, and in remaining true to her authentic self.

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Authors & Contributors
Weitekamp, Margaret Ann
Ackmann, Martha
Andréolle, Donna Spalding
Ansari, Anousheh
Austin, Stephanie
Fedigan, Linda Marie
British Journal for the History of Science
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Social Studies of Science
Technology and Culture
Johns Hopkins University Press
Cornell University
Cincinnati, University of
Grand Central Publishing
McGill-Queen's University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Women in science
Feminist analysis
Science and gender
Space programs
Space travel; space flight
Ansari, Anousheh
Howorth, Muriel
Lavoisier, Marie-Anne Paulze
Lovelace, William Randolph, II
Tambroni, Clotilde
Rosenblueth, Arturo (1900-1970)
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
21st century
19th century
United States
Great Britain
North America
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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