Past and present female pioneers of science

The world’s first female aeronautical engineer

Elsie MacGill was the first woman to ever earn an aeronautical engineering degree (Toronto, 1929). Even while battling challenges — both personal and professional — she accumulated a unique list of more “firsts”: the first Canadian woman to obtain an electrical engineering degree (Toronto, 1927), the first woman to design an aircraft, and the first woman to be accepted into the Engineering Institute of Canada.


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