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Past Women at Corning

Past Women at Corning

Past Women at Corning

Throughout its more than 165-year history, women have played an integral role in the development and success of Corning. From opening doors for Corning women of the present and future to paving the way toward innovation in the materials science industry, women at Corning have never backed down from a challenge.

Take a look back at some of the influential women at Corning who not only made achievements for women but achievements for the company as well.

Women at Corning Through the Years

Women at Corning Through the Years

Bessie Littleton’s baking skills inspire the development of PYREX®.

Sara Tyson Rorer, nutritionist and Ladies Home Journal editor, paves the way for women at Corning after consulting on the PYREX® design and becoming the “first woman to play a formal role in the Corning business.”

Evelyn Hortense Roberts becomes one of the first female research scientists at Corning. Beginning her career at Corning in 1917 as a physicist, Roberts would go on to co-author a paper with JT Littleton on the annealing temperature of glass in 1920.

Not willing to take “no” for an answer, Mary Purcell Roche followed in the footsteps of other Corning female scientists after initially being told “women were disruptive in the lab.”

Serving as the technical librarian for Corning and the first librarian for the Corning Museum of Glass, Catherine Mack expands the museum library’s initial collection to 17,000 items in the first year, making it the largest glass and glassmaking collection in the world as of May 1952.

Opening the door for women Ph.D.s, Corning employs Ellen Mochel, the first woman Ph.D. at the company who goes on to be named on a patent in 1966 for method of glass treatment and product.

Mary Hanrahan sets an achievement among the overall workforce at Corning by being the first hourly employee to reach 50 years of service. Hanrahan goes on to become the first woman in the nation to receive a lifetime membership in the American Flint Glass Workers Union.

Margaret Layton is the first woman Corning employee to be awarded a patent. 

Marcella Gustafson is named the first female corporate officer, leading the way for many Corning women to come.