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We need heroes.

Pioneers who blaze trails and inspire us to follow their footsteps. However, in traditionally male-dominated fields such as science, medicine, government and business, the heroes we hear about most often are men. Einstein, Pasteur, Roosevelt, Rockefeller... Where are the role models who demonstrate capability isn't correlated to gender? Countless women who have changed the world were molded right here at Johns Hopkins University, but many of us don't know them.

Previously, our team inaugurated a series of workshops across Hopkins aimed at spreading awareness about barriers faced by women in STEM fields. We reviewed social science articles and facilitated discussions about how implicit gender bias is inhibiting innovation at Hopkins. Our workshops culminated in a seminar from Dr. Jo Handelsman, the White House's Associate Director of Science and Technology Policy. Handelsman outlined several methods to address gender discrimination in science at both the federal and local levels, including the importance of art as a means to recognize female pioneers.


Now our team is following up on this momentum, using the blank walls and empty spaces of this campus as a canvas to illuminate the successes of the women of Hopkins. With support from the Diversity Leadership Council, we commissioned a 600 square foot art installation highlighting 23 of Hopkins' most accomplished women. We will unveil this installation at the Mattin Center on Homewood campus in mid-Fall 2016. This project is a way for the Hopkins community to celebrate our women heroes, and to inspire the next generations of female scientists, medical researchers, artists, politicians, and business leaders.

Lend us your voice in celebrating these awe inspiring women as a valuable part of Hopkins' cultural heritage. Share, Tweet, or email us your reaction to the project.

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The Women of Hopkins was put together by Dominic Scalise, Anna Coughlan, Karen Fleming, Jeff Gray, Valerie Hartman, and Jeannine Heynes.


Financial and logistical support was provided by the JHU Diversity Leadership Council, including Ashley Llorens, Erin Gleeson, Tiffany Sanchez, and Monica Moore. Our physical display is being graciously hosted by the folks at the Mattin Center, Eric Beatty, Jane Rhyner, Joan Freedman, Kirsten Fricke and Craig Hankin. Jackie O'Regan provided artistic guidance, and helped us navigate the complex labrynth of review boards. Jim Stimpert and Jenny Kinniff of the Sheridan Library Special Collections and Timothy Wisniewski of the Chesney Medical Archives helped us research the women of Hopkins, provided several hard-to-find portraits from their archives, and fact checked our content. Marguerite Jones and Susan deMuth of the JHU Alumni Office assisted with comminications. Stephen Ruckman, Carol Glagola, and Jodi Miller of the JHU Office of the President provided administrative support. Those who voted for us on the JHU Idea Lab's 2016 crowdsourcing drive provided the initial momentum to get the project in motion.

Thank you to all of these wonderful people, to our biographical sketch contributors, and to YOU our audience. The project would not be possible without your support.

This exhibit is part of the National Science Foundation broader impacts efforts, MCB 1412108 (Karen Fleming).


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Florence Bascom
Bonnie Bassler
Helene Gayle
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