She’s the first, the first, the first…
Yvonne Y. Clark, known as Y.Y. 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 Y.Y. teach us about what it means to be the first in a scientific field, especially as a Black woman in America?
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Meet our cohost and producer for season 3 of Lost Women of Science, Carol Sutton Lewis
With her knack for fixing household appliances in early childhood, Y.Y. was practically born an engineer.
When Y.Y. started college at Howard University, there were three things she swore she’d never do: marry a tall man, become a teacher, and work for the government. But love and life had other plans.
What did Y.Y. actually do as a mechanical engineer? We dive into her work at NASA.
Y.Y. taught at Tennessee State University for 55 years. We look at her legacy as an engineer, an educator and a mom. And we investigate how HBCUs are training the next generation of Black scientists.
A special guest episode from Our Mothers Ourselves: An Interview with Y.Y.'s Daughter, Carol Lawson
There's a test that we at Lost Women of Science seem to fail again and again: the Finkbeiner Test.
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