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Smithsonian to display 3D-printed statues of women in STEM for Women’s History Month

The Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Castle is seen at the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 27, 2015. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

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  • The 3D-printed statues, part of the “#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit,” will be featured in the Smithsonian gardens and in and around various Smithsonian museums between March 5–27.
  • “These striking 3D-printed figures of remarkable women in STEM careers help us celebrate the incredible impact women continue to make on vital scientific endeavors,” Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian, said.
  • The women featured were chosen by Lyda Hill Philanthropies American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to differentiate between Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Smithsonian announced on Tuesday it will display 120 life-size neon orange statues depicting women who have impacted the fields of science and math in honor of Women’s History month in March.  

The 3D-printed statues, part of the “#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit,” will be featured in the Smithsonian gardens and in and around various Smithsonian museums between March 5–27, the museum said in a release. It is the “largest collection of statues of women ever assembled.”  

Each statue will depict a woman who excelled in either science, engineering, technology or math and will contain a QR code so visitors can learn each of the women’s unique stories.  

“These striking 3D-printed figures of remarkable women in STEM careers help us celebrate the incredible impact women continue to make on vital scientific endeavors,” Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian, said in a statement.  

“This exhibition highlights how a more diverse, more inclusive workforce will strengthen our shared future,” Bunch added.  

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The women featured were chosen by Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. All 120 statues will be placed in the Arts and Industries Building, the Smithsonian Castle and the adjacent Enid A. Haupt Garden for visitors to view during the opening week before being spread around to other Smithsonian museums thereafter.  

Ellen Stofan, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Science and Research, said in the statement the display will show how women have thrived in STEM fields while simultaneously “illustrating the innumerable role models young women can find in every field.” 

“Through this exciting collaboration with Lyda Hill Philanthropies, the Smithsonian is furthering our commitment to fostering an environment where all girls know they can make an indelible mark on our future.” 


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