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  • 1.  Telling the Story of Women in Printing

    Posted 10-11-2019 15:49
    Edited by Bob Monte 10-11-2019 16:00
    I hope the WIP community finds these articles as interesting and educational as I did.
    Some data is actually surprising, the history of women in print I found fascinating.


    Telling the Story of Women in Printing - October 14, 2014, By Joseph M. Adelman
    "Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) both past and present named after the early nineteenth-century British mathematician. Here in our corner of early American studies, I want to mark the occasion by working through question that I've worked on in my own writing for years: how do we effectively integrate women into the history  of printing in early America?".........


    Women in command of their printing press
    - Posted on October 17, 2011 By Brian Lawler

    Communication students Sarah Eckberg, Julia Cross and Emma Goulden stand in front of the newspaper press in the DowJones Publications Lab at Cal Poly.
     Ms. Cross is the Head  Presswoman – in charge of all the nightly crews who run the press.


    Commentary on Industry Diversity: Why Did I Know This Was Coming? 
    November 1, 2018 By Harvey R.  Levenson, Ph.D

    ".....Over the years, the ratio of female students in our program, called Graphic Communication, has changed dramatically. Now the program is dominated by young women.
    Of the 311 students currently enrolled, we have only 83 young men - 26 percent...."

    Bob Monte
    Strategic Account Manager
    Austin TX

  • 2.  RE: Telling the Story of Women in Printing

    Posted 10-14-2019 14:42
    How do we integrate women? As a woman in printing, we have hired on and taught 2 interns how to screen print, ship, run the factory independently. This industry can be non stop but taking the time to stop and carve out a PLAN to educate, empower, and set examples with a a can do attitude - then we can see more women in print!

    Taniya Ahmed
    Kommon Thread
    Fullerton CA

  • 3.  RE: Telling the Story of Women in Printing

    Posted 10-15-2019 11:41
    I am from the university which is mentioned in Bob's original post. It is a fact that we have more female students than male students for quite a long time. We still teach a lot about different printing technologies along with design and other soft skills. One of the challenges I have seen in the past is to encourage female students to feel confident around big iron machinery. This is not necessarily true now. Female students in our program participated in almost all printing-related competitions and performed very well. We had an all-female team last year to compete at TAGA and won the grand prize. I think the gender gap still exists in this industry especially in the segment of manufacturing. The gap is not reflected in educational institutes. But it doesn't mean we are pumping more females to the manufacturing segment. Many of our students don't go to printing manufacturers after graduation. They don't associate printing as a future technology no matter how many new technologies are employed in big machines. Many students think web development, design, UX/UI, marketing, management as modern terms and pursue their careers after those. It is also generally true to other engineering programs on our campus that students are less interested in the positions associated with manufacturing than ones with "leadership". It needs efforts both from the educators and the industry itself to "modernize" the concept of manufacturing, so it will be an attractive career to young generations.

    Xiaoying Rong, Ph.D.
    Graphic Communication Department
    Cal Poly State University
    San Luis Obispo, CA