Vintage Photos: TVA’s Trailblazing Women

“TVA Today”

In honor of the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” on Feb. 11, we’re highlighting some of TVA’s female trailblazers who worked in the fields of biology, archaeology, aquatics, nursing and engineering. 

From sampling blood for malaria in 1946 to studying water samples and working in Norris Lab in 1969, these Valley women paved the way for females in today’s STEM industry and beyond.

Women draftsmen

Women working as draftsmen at Nitrate Plant, March 1943


Nurse Sally Haynes blood sampling to test for malaria, north Alabama, Jan. 1946

Nurse Sally Haynes blood sampling to test for malaria, north Alabama, Jan. 1946


Woman mapper

Mapping work in Mapping and Surveys Department, Sept. 1945


Woman Biologist Geraldine Hall

Biologist Geraldine Hall working at Norris Lab, Oct. 1969


Woman scientist Sheffield

Scientist Charlotte Parks studying water samples from lake, E & D Lab, Sheffield, Ala., July 1969


Woman scientist

Scientist Jackie King sorting organisms living in sample from bottom of river, July 1969


Woman archeologist

TVA archaeologists inspect unauthorized digging on TVA land, March 1988