6 Coloradans honored in largest ever collection of women statues
Outside the Smithsonian, one woman holds a clipboard, another a camera. And one poses in a tucked ski racing position. All of them are 3-D printed and orange.
Why it matters: They are part of a group of 120 statues celebrating Women's History Month, and the largest collection of statues featuring real women that has ever been assembled.
What's happening: The exhibition, called IF/THEN, highlights contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many of the statues hold props emblematic of the women's professions. Six are from Colorado:
- Adriana Bailey, Boulder, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's aviation facility.
- Jenny Briggs, Golden, a fire scientist and assistant dean at the Colorado School of Mines.
- Kristen Lear, Fort Collins, bat conservationist and educator.
- Nicole Sharp, Denver, the founder and editor of the FYFD science blog.
- Jo Varner, Grand Junction, a professor at Colorado Mesa University and biologist who studies pikas.
- Sarah Wilson, Vail, a robotics engineer at Tortuga AgTech and former ski engineer.
What they're saying: The obstacles to seeing more women in STEM are pervasive, Briggs tells Axios Denver.
- "I feel like there's a genetic, social and cultural pressure, both consciously and unconsciously among everyone — kids themselves, teachers and families," she said. "I think girls need more encouragement all along the way."
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