Women's History Month Spotlight: Stephanie Kwolek

Published: Mar. 11, 2015 at 12:12 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 12, 2015 at 3:00 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - It's Women's History Month and #WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf has been trending on Facebook and Twitter.

Here's a woman you may not have heard of: Stephanie


, the inventor of Kevlar.

Kwolek is the daughter of Polish immigrants, who wanted to be a doctor, and took a job with Dupont as a chemist to earn enough money to go to medical school. She ended up working for Dupont for 40 years.

She invented Kevlar while trying to create a new kind light-weight tire.

For her discovery, Kwolek was awarded the DuPont's 

Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. At the time of her death in 2014, she was still the only female employee to receive that honor.

In 1995 she became the fourth woman to be added to the 

National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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