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Working Women: The Smithsonian Institution As A Case Study

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Working Women: The Smithsonian Institution as a Case Study

Sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative

Washington, DC

December 17 (Evening) and December 18, 2019

McEvoy Auditorium

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture


The Smithsonian employed its first woman, Jane Waddell Turner, in 1857 as a librarian. By the late nineteenth century, there were two women curators. For decades, women leaders at the Smithsonian remained—and some would argue continue to remain—as the exceptions, not the rule. Indeed, the first female director, Lisa Suter Taylor, was appointed in 1969. Fifty years later, this symposium (the first of a five-year series sponsored by the American Women’s History Initiative) examines the topic of women at the Smithsonian as a microcosm and reflection of larger societal trends of the last 150 years in the United States. With the Smithsonian as a case study, we will study the intersections between national and institutional histories as we inherit them today. We feel that it is imperative to reflect on how the Smithsonian itself is implicated in the issues of gender discrimination and exclusion that the American Women’s History Initiative seeks to address. This will enable us to understand how these histories of Smithsonian women at work connect to experiences far beyond our walls.

We seek to uncover not only the influences women have had at the Smithsonian, and in its reach across the world, but also their pathways and obstacles. Through a methodical and introspective process, focusing on examples across the Smithsonian and at all levels of service, Working Women: The Smithsonian Institution as a Case Study endeavors to look to the past in order to set goals for the future.

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