Celebrate Our Fifth Annual Women's History Month!

Unidentified man and Marion Schmidt Escallon

Throughout March, we will be celebrating Women's History Month with new photos to the Flickr Commons and a series of blog posts about women in science from the Archives' collections. 

Today marks the 5th anniversary of our Women’s History Month celebration. We have a set of 71 images of women in science which we’ll be rolling out throughout the month. We will also be highlighting a little known, but ground-breaking woman each day through March on a Pinterest board and Facebook, whichever you prefer! We have women in the fields of botany, biology, physiology, biochemistry, anthropology, and much more. Some notables in today's group are  Marion Schmidt Escallon, the first woman employed as a petroleum exploration geologist, and Laurel van der Wal, the 1961 Woman Scientist of the Year who specialized in engineering problems of manned space flight, including effects of weightlessness, radiation protection, and development of data handling and processing systems.

We also have a few mysteries which we’d love your help in solving. If you’d like to learn more about these important figures, keep checking back as we will be blogging about them throughout the month. 


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