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Recovering the History of Women in Science

Recovering the History of Women in Science Online

The American Women of Science: Recovering History, Defining the Future virtual symposium aims to 1) recover lesser-known histories of women in science, 2) share current research and programming breakthroughs, and 3) discuss opportunities to define a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future. We hope this symposium will inspire and educate scientists and museum professionals, and support women on the ground. Given the Smithsonian's long history and growth across the 20th century—into nineteen museums and nine research centers—the Smithsonian's past and present provide a unique opportunity for internal reflection and external comparisons regarding the history of women in science.

This is a virtual symposium taking place from October 20–22 and 27–29, 2020. Sessions include a mix of keynotes, panels, and lightning talks.

We are committed to providing access services so all participants can fully engage in this event. Real-time captioning will be provided for all main panels and presentations. If you need other access services, or if you need access services for breakout sessions, please email BecauseOfHerStory@si.edu. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, seeks to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of women’s contributions in American society in the contemporary moment and the historical past, to stimulate conversation about the ways in which they have changed, and to understand their continuing influence in American and global contexts. The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is inclusive, highlighting the stories of those who identify as women and those who were designated female but self-identify differently.


  • 1:30 PM EDT  Opening Remarks
  • 1:35 PM EDT  Collections, Data, and Representation in Digital Historical Work [presentation]
  • 1:55 PM EDT  Uncovering the Scientific Impact of Women at the Smithsonian Using Machine Learning [presentation]
  • 2:15 PM EDT  The Women Behind the Pseudonyms: Uncovering the Lives of Anonymous Nineteenth-Century Science Writers [lightning talk]
  • 2:35 PM EDT  Hidden Voices: A Data Analysis of Subject Headings for Books on Women in Science [panel]
  • 2:55 PM EDT  Uncovering the Work of Women in Science in Library, Archive and Museum Collections [panel]

This event is not being hosted by the SJR State Library. We are sharing news of this free event because it is related to the curriculum offered at the College and, therefore, may be of interest to our students, faculty, and staff.  

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
  All SJR State Students     SJR State Employees     SJR State Faculty  
  Free event provided by an external entity     Online event  
This is an online event. Event URL: https://womenshistory.si.edu/events/american-women-science

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