Justicia Espada Acuña | Justicia Espada Acuña's 128th Birthday

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Justicia Espada Acuña's 128th Birthday

Justicia Espada Acuña

Justicia Espada Acuña's 128th birthday


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Justicia Espada Acuña

Justicia Espada Acuña's 128th Birthday

Today’s Doodle celebrates Chilean engineer Justicia Espada Acuña, one of the first female engineers in Chile and South America A symbol of women’s progress in Latin America, Acuña forged a path for generations of women to pursue careers in engineering     Justicia Espada Acuña Mena was born in the Chilean capital of Santiago on this day in 1893 Her father was a civil builder who encouraged Acuña and her seven siblings to follow their dreams and challenge unjust societal norms After high school, she studied mathematics, but she soon took an interest in engineering instead In 1912, she became the first woman to join the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Chile, and she made history when she graduated with a degree in civil engineering seven  years later  The next year, Acuña began her trailblazing career as a calculator for the State Railways’ Department of Roads and Works (Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado) Excluding a break to raise her seven children, she worked for the company until her retirement in 1954  To honor her legacy, the College of Engineers of Chile inducted Acuña into its Gallery of Illustrious Engineers in 1981, and around a decade later the Institute of Engineers created an award in her name for outstanding female engineers In addition, in 2018 the Faculty of Physical Science and Mathematics of the University of Chile renamed its central tower after Acuña to memorialize the faculty’s first female student       Happy birthday, Justicia Espada Acuña, and thank you for helping engineer a brighter future for women in science Like, Share and Subscribe to Doodle Catalog

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