Storytelling abounds on the internet, with many wonderful websites that celebrate the trailblazers and agents of change from underrepresented groups who broke new ground, opened locked doors, forged new paths, and created something enduring.
We are sharing some resources that celebrate these individuals who helped expand and shape our understanding of the natural world
Events, Films, and Exhibitions
American Folk Art Museum:
Charting the Divine Plan; The Art of Orra White Hitchcock – Past exhibition: June 12, 2018–October 14, 2018
FINDINGS Public Art Series:
FINDINGS is a public art series across the United States celebrating women and science.
New York Public Library:
The Legacy of Pioneering Victorian Photographer Anna Atkins Celebrated – Past exhibition: October 2018–February 17, 2019
New Zealand International Film Festival:
No Ordinary Sheila (2017) film
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History:
‘Ladies First’ exhibit at Peabody spotlights women in STEM – Past exhibition: May 2018–April 2019
This podcast tells the stories of remarkable women whose work has changed learning through tech. They look at how gender and diversity shapes the ethics of products, speak to women who are shaping the future of education through the products they are building and their new innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Bonus feature of FREE Downloaded STEM Role Model Posters in 7 languages!
Lost Women of Science
Highlighting “forgotten but heroic women of science,” this podcast’s mission is to inspire young women toward careers in STEM. It is part of the larger Lost Women in Science Initiative that strives to digitize and archive the primary research materials used in the creation of the podcast and make it accessible to students, educators, and historians of science.
Beyond Curie is a design project that highlights badass women in science, technology, engineering + mathematics.
Project Biodiversity provides tools for promoting inclusivity and diversity in biology classrooms. Their website provides a repository of teaching materials and methods aimed at enhancing human diversity and inclusivity in biology courses.
Coloring Science received a grant that led to this initiative to diversify scientific role models. Educators can access the slides to incorporate into their courses in this Google folder.
Femmes of Stem
The Femmes of STEM podcast was created to combat the false narrative that women and minorities are newcomers to the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Women have always been a part of the past – the problem is that they have not always been a part of history.
This gorgeous website shares the voices of the Heiltsuk (also formerly known as the Bella Bella), the descendants of Heiltsuk-speaking peoples of the Central Coast of British Columbia, as they speak about the Húy̓at, an immense network of culturally important places in Heiltsuk territory. Heiltsuk lives, learning, and history are intertwined with the lands and seas of their traditional territory. The website features Heiltsuk memories, language, and oral traditions from community-initiated research, ethnographic sources, and archival documents assembled in the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Center (HCEC), as well interviews.
KUNSOOT Wellness Project
A collaborative vision for Haíɫzaqv land-based healing in Qíɫcutkv (Kunsoot).
Live Science Expert Voices
Invites experts in science & technology to provide insightful commentary and informed perspective on news, current events, innovations, big ideas and ongoing research. Expert Voices includes Op-Ed analysis and opinion as well as interesting observations from the field and science labs around the world. They published a four-part blog series celebrating the contributions of women to the practice of conservation.
- Stepping Up Conservation in Fiji – in Stilettos
- A Crocodile Hunt Redefined, in Southeastern Cuba
- Developing World Boasts Leading Women Conservationists
- How Two Women Brought a Sea Change to Conservation
MNN – 150 Years Before Darwin, She Mastered Art to Learn About Ecolgy
Maria Sibylla Merian began drawing flowers when she was little girl, but soon turned her attention to insects, a subject she found vastly more interesting. Merian raised caterpillars in her basement, studying their metamorphoses and taking notes, according to the J. Paul Getty Museum. She soon broadened her interests to butterflies and moths and insects of all sorts, cataloging and painting intricate portraits of their fascinating life cycles.
New York Historical Society – Center for Women’s History
The New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. The Center explores the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience.
The material exemplifies a unique history of women in science as the collection contains over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early Harvard astronomers.
The women scientists profiled here span several centuries and several nationalities. Despite many barriers, women all over the world have participated in unraveling the secrets of nature since the dawn of civilization.
Small Pond Science
In this guest post, Project Biodiversify makes the case for diversifying and humanizing biology.
TrowelBlazers is dedicated to outreach activities aimed at encouraging participation of women and underrepresented groups in archaeological, geological, and palaeontological science.
Articles and Blogs
Audubon: The Remarkable Life of Roxie Laybourneeven
Audubon: Seven Women Who Made the World Better for Birds and People
Australian Geographic: 17 Incredible Australian Women in Botany
Australian Museum: The Women Behind the Work
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: The Forgotten Female: How a Generation of Women Scientists Changed Our View of Evolution
Discover Wildlife: The Wonder Women of Ornithology
Ecowatch: 11 Amazing Women Who Made Wilderness Conservation History
English Heritage: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists
Letters from Gwondana: Annie Montague Alexander, Naturalist and Fossil Hunter
Letters from Gwondana: The Great Female Scientists of the Victorian Era
Letters from Gwondana: A Short History of the Early Female Scientists from Argentina
Messy Nessy: The Real Ice Queens: Women Who Conquered The Cold Wearing Corsets
Missouri Botanical Gardens: Women in the Missouri Botanical Garden History
National Geographic: ‘Lost’ Book of Exquisite Scientific Drawings Rediscovered After 190 Years
National Geographic: These Women Unlocked the Mysteries of the Deep Seas
National Parks Conservation Association: These 10 National Parks Wouldn’t Exist Without Women
REI: Meet Four Women Who Broke Barriers in the Outdoors
Smithsonian: Graceanna Lewis: A Naturalist and Abolitionist
Smithsonian: Mary Sears’ Pioneering Ocean Research Saved Countless Lives in WWII
Smithsonian: Mary Vaux Walcott and the Smithsonian Process
Smithsonian: Women Scientists Were Written Out of History. It’s Margaret Rossiter’s Lifelong Mission to Fix That
Space.com: Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto
University of Cincinnati: Sisters Illuminating Nature