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Stephanie Kwolek

by Juliette Looge

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Stephanie Kwolek was born in 1923. She liked exploring and was imaginative. After her schooling and college she wanted to become a doctor, but she didn't have the money and her family couldn't help. She took a job working for DuPont to make money for medical school. However while she was there she got into research and experimenting with fabrics and materials. She had come across a new thread from her experiments that was incredibly strong and became known as Kevlar. This thread was made into fabric and is used in most protective armor or garments, in sporting equipment, and most military equipment. She has a love of science and teaches chemistry now.
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As a Veteran I have personally used and worn Kevlar in my military gear. She struggled at DuPont because she was one of the only women there, and I have struggled with that while I was in the military and my job in long haul telecommunications. I had to work harder to prove my worth to the men as she did. I didn't realize it was a woman that had invented Kevlar, but it is impressive and something to show young girls so they have encouragement,
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We could come up with ideas or uses for Kevlar thread.
We could have the girls in the class do research on other women that made a historical mark on the world, and the boys could do the same or even reverse and have the boys find historical women and the girls find historical men to research.
we could do experiments to prove the strength of the Kevlar. ( )
  SarahSpangler0515 | Apr 15, 2015 |
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