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Picturing Women Inventors - Opening March 6th

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Throughout American history, women with diverse backgrounds and interests created inventions that changed lives every day. But women haven’t always had equal opportunities to be inventors or received as much recognition. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “Picturing Women Inventors,” an exhibition created by the Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark. This temporary display is a poster exhibition that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. The posters will be on view at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from Saturday, March 6, through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

“Picturing Women Inventors” showcases the breakthroughs, motivations, and challenges women encountered while pursuing their goals as inventors. The poster exhibition highlights stories of inventors like Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a lightweight wheelchair that was easy to maneuver. Diversity of background and age are showcased including inventor Alexis Lewis, who at 12-years-old in 2011 was inspired to adapt a traditional Native American sled, called a travois, by adding wheels to create a simpler way to transport families and their belongings in Somalia.

“We are honored to host this inspiring special exhibition that highlights extraordinary female inventors and the groundbreaking inventions their talents and expertise produced throughout history,” said Jim Walther, Museum Executive Director. “This exhibition will surely educate and inspire young people to see themselves as future inventors.”

“Picturing Women Inventors” included with the price of admission into the museum. This special exhibition is sponsored by Dr. Robert Busch and Suzanne Busch. This exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from March 6 to May 2, 2021.