Jill S. Tietjen to speak at New Dominion September 10

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Jill S. Tietjen will discuss and sign copies of her book

Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America

Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 PM

Her Story is a vivid documentation of the breadth and diversity of American women’s achievements throughout U.S. history. This one-of-a-kind illustrated timeline highlights the awesome, varied, and often unrecognized contributions of American women since the 1500s.

There have been women trailblazers throughout American history; women have had a profound impact on the intellectual, social, and political development of our society. But many of their contributions have gone unnoticed. Most people have heard of Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Margaret Sanger, and Eleanor Roosevelt. But did you know that a woman microbiologist discovered the bacterium responsible for undulant fever, which then led to the pasteurization of all milk? Or that a woman patented the paper-bag folding machine to make square-bottom bags (the grocery bag)? Or that a female mathematician’s work laid the foundation for abstract algebra?

The women featured in Her Story range from writers, artists, actors, and athletes to doctors, scientists, social and political activists, educators, and inventors, and include women of all backgrounds and philosophies. The authors of Her Story, Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen, have compiled an extraordinary collection of women and events that provides a unique view of history. Part of Her Story’s distinctiveness is the inclusion of hundreds of lesser-known women from all walks of life who have broken barriers and created paths of noteworthy and inspiring achievement.

In her Foreword to the book, Madeleine Albright comments, “Spanning the centuries from 1587 … this book will allow women and men to become more aware of and informed about the women who have been instrumental in giving us the quality of life we enjoy today. Often stepping outside of the expected modes of behavior for women during their lives, the profiled women were the pioneers for their causes, their professions, or their passions. Their accomplishments have advanced the arts, the sciences, politics, and business.”

The timeline also includes snapshots of events and organizations that have shaped women’s experiences and women’s history and, thereby, the culture and history of America. The familiar and unfamiliar stories that unfold here—from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, to chemist Stephanie Kwolek’s invention of Kevlar, the synthetic fiber used to make bulletproof vests—make Her Story a captivating look at champions that will resonate with women and men alike.

Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., is the President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. She has spent over 30 years in the electric utility industry, and provides planning consulting services to electric utilities and organizations serving the electric utility industry. Ms. Tietjen serves as an expert witness before public utility commissions and other government agencies. Her technical papers have been published in Public Utilities Fortnightly and Transmission and Distribution. She has co-authored several Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) papers and served as an electrical engineering program accreditor on behalf of IEEE.

Ms. Tietjen’s previous employers include the University of Colorado at Boulder, Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Hagler Bailly Consulting, Mobil Oil Corporation’s Mining and Coal Division, and Duke Power Company. She graduated from the University of Virginia (Tau Beta Pi, Virginia Alpha) with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor in Electrical Engineering) and received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. Ms. Tietjen is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.

Ms. Tietjen regularly speaks on women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science, and leadership topics. Her book Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America is featured on C-SPAN2/Book TV. Her introduction to engineering textbook, Keys to Engineering Success, was published by Prentice Hall in 2001. She is the co-author with Betty Reynolds of the Setting the Record Straight series of which three volumes have been published. She has written articles for and been profiled in SWE: Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, Graduating Engineer, U.S. Woman Engineer, Woman Engineer, and Engineering Horizons. She served as the 1991-1992 National President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). As Jill S. Baylor, she is a contributing author to the 1995 book She Does Math!

Ms. Tietjen has received numerous awards and honors including the 2001 Woman in Technology Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Subaru, and News4; Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumna Award, and she was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts—Mile Hi Council. Ms. Tietjen serves on a number of non-profit boards and was Chair of the Board for Girl Scouts—Mile Hi Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Transmission Corporation of Tucker, Georgia. Ms. Tietjen is a Commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., and served as the Western Zone Vice President for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. She is a Fellow Life Member of SWE and a Senior Member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. Ms. Tietjen is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Technology.

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