Women at Work at the Smithsonian and Beyond

Join Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for a special program on February 15th. We’ll explore lesser-known histories of women at the Smithsonian and discuss current issues with leading women in STEAM.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating and disproportionate effect on working women, especially those of color and in the LGBTQ+ community. But even before the pandemic “overtook the globe in early 2020, inequities were holding women back in the workplace.” Yet women have still managed to contribute to America’s most defining moments and will certainly help tackle the biggest challenges we face, whether it’s the ongoing pandemic or the climate crisis. How can we learn from the past to better inform our future? How can we eliminate barriers for women to create a more equitable society for everyone?

In the second program in our Women’s History with Smithsonian Libraries and Archives series, sponsored by Deloitte, historian Hannah Byrne and Director Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty will share little-known stories from our library and archival collections of historical women at work in STEAM, who, in many cases, dealt with other critical moments in history. Then, Under Secretary for Science and Research Ellen Stofan will moderate a panel of leaders from the Biden administration and Deloitte to discuss their experiences and understanding of the modern situation of women at work and how we can continue to make progress for women.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 5 pm ET
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“Women at Work” panelists include:

  • Jedidah Isler, PhD, Assistant Director, STEM Opportunity & Engagement, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jennifer Klein, JD, Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council
  • Beth Meagher, US Federal Health Sector Leader, Deloitte
  • Julie Su, JD, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Labor
  • Moderated by Ellen Stofan, PhD, Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian Institution

The event will be hosted as a Zoom webinar, and registration is required. Register here.

How to Join the Live Event
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the program.

We are committed to providing access services so all participants can fully engage in these events. Optional real-time captioning will be provided. If you need other access services, please email [email protected]. Advanced notice is appreciated.

This program will be recorded and made available following the event. You will find it on this page and on our YouTube channel.

Graphic for Women at Work event, featuring black and white photos of six women.
Top, from left to right: Sophie Lutterlough, Jackie Cochran, and Louise Daniel Hutchinson. Bottom, from left to right: Adela Gomez, Alixa Naff, and Chien-Shiung Wu. Smithsonian Libraries and Archives