On January 29th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated the Grand Opening of “Famous Women Scientists and Engineers Exhibit” in the lobby of their US EPA Public Information Center in Philadelphia, PA. Overall, the EPA has set the bar for women in science as they are one of the top government agencies to reach equity in the workforce- 48% of the agency’s employees are scientists, and among them, women make up 41%.
This six-month photo exhibition is hosted by EPA Region III’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program and aims to showcase the contributions that women on all ages and races have contributed to the field of science. The exhibit wall, containing 29 photos of historical and modern day scientists is accompanied by various artifacts, including Victorian dresses, accessories and scientific tools, and an informational video by Vision 2020. Together, they will be used for outreach purposes to educate the public and students about the powerful, yet unobserved, impact women have made in the traditionally male-dominated field.
EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin spoke to the crowd, along with members of WISE about various ways EPA employees could support women in the profession, and encourage young girls interested in science to pursue their dreams. “This exhibit, by EPA Region III’s Women in Science and Engineering or WISE committee, increases the awareness of contributions by women who have positively shaped our society and the environment through their pioneering work in what were non-traditional careers,” said EPA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Our hope is that visitors, especially students, will be better informed and inspired to pursue careers in science and engineering.”
The EPA’s WISE program works to increase women’s representation and success in science and engineering fields. For more information about visiting EPA’s Public Information Center http://www.epa.gov/region03/ee/pic.htm or to hear an EPA podcast about the exhibit http://www.epa.gov/region03/multimedia/index.html.
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