Episode Description

She’s the first, the first, the first…

Yvonne Y. Clark, known as YY throughout her career, has also been nicknamed “The First Lady of Engineering,” because of her groundbreaking achievements as a Black female mechanical engineer. Season 3 of Lost Women of Science traces her trajectory, from her unconventional childhood interest in fixing appliances to civil rights breakthroughs in the segregated South; from her trailblazing role at historically Black colleges and universities to her work at NASA. What can YY teach us about what it means to be the first in a scientific field, especially as a Black woman in America?

Episode Transcript

Katie Hafner

Host & Executive Producer

Katie Hafner is a longtime reporter for The New York Times, where she continues to be a frequent contributor, writing on healthcare and technology. Katie is uniquely positioned to tell these stories. Not only does she bring a skilled hand to complex narratives, but she has been writing about women in STEM for nearly 30 years. The author of six works of non-fiction, she is currently the host and executive producer of Our Mothers Ourselves, an interview podcast that celebrates extraordinary mothers.