Women who had a major impact on the mining industry. Women always hold inspirational pivots in the areas they occupy, more than enough deprived of the opportunities to lead but when they do so, they prove beyond any doubt that they can equal or go beyond their male counterparts often catapulting companies in ways that turn men green with envy.
Mining has also had its pillars in women who have changed the world just like there have been some in areas like space technology, mathematics, science etc.
Below is a list of some of the great women who have been inducted into the Mining Hall of Fame. “The National Mining Hall of Fame is a memorial for men and women who achieved lasting greatness in the mining and natural resource environment. It was founded in 1988. As of September 2018, 244 men and women have been inducted. The National Mining Hall of Fame is chartered by Congress.
To be nominated, a candidate must have had a personal impact upon the mining industry for 30 years or be at least 55 years of age. Consideration is given to prospectors, miners, mining leaders, engineers, teachers, financiers, inventors, journalists, rascals, geologists and others. Anyone can visit the National Mining Hall of Fame in the Mining Museum in Leadville, Colorado. Beautiful pace and nice museum!”
Inducted 2014: Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards
Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards, Ecologist, and professor. Lived 1842 – 1911. She was the first woman to receive a collegiate-level science degree in the United States and among the first to recognize the environmental aspects of mining.
Inducted 1990: Lou Henry Hoover. Lou Henry Hoover, Geologist, professor. Lived 1874 – 1944. She translated the great scientific work, De Re Metallica, in collaboration with her husband, Herbert Hoover, the 31st President.
Inducted 1989: Phoebe Hearst
Phoebe Hearst, wife of George Hearst, “first lady in mining”. Lived 1843 – 1919. She made it her personal financial responsibility to educate entire families of miners’ children – an interest which began a remarkable lifetime of philanthropic works.
Inducted 1989: Dr. Janet Briggs
1989: Dr. Janet Briggs, metallurgist, professor. Lived 1912 – 1974. In a field that was dominated by men, she achieved world-renown as an engineer whose contributions and technical accomplishments were of highest quality.
Inducted 1988: Gertrude Sober
Gertrude Sober, the “Queen of the Arbuckles”. Lived 1869 – 1949. She discovered the Southwest Davis Zinc Field in Oklahoma. She then formed a mining company where she served as president and R. C. as director.
In our next Hall of Fame article, we will review how some of the astounding mindsets that graced the mining industry impacted the industry and how some of their beliefs and values can still be applied within the 21st century mining world for the benefit of future generations.