Cultural Research

Stephanie L. Kwolek in an undated photo at the DuPont laboratory in Delaware.  © 2010 DuPont.

Stephanie Kwolek had her most influential piece of technology, Kevlar®, patented in 1965 in Wilmington, Delaware while working for DuPont, a science and engineering conglomerate (DuPont, 2010). 1960’s America was a wave of enormous social and technological change. The Civil Rights Movement, a second wave of the Women’s Rights Movement, anti-war sentiment (specifically aimed at the Vietnam War), and mistrust of the government defined this period in American history. These are some of the defining qualities of the space and time where Stephanie Kwolek produced her most famous piece of technology. (Walsh, 2010)