March is Women’s History Month.

Women’s History Month started off as Women’s History Day in 1909. February 28, 1909, to be exact, was the one-year anniversary of the 15,000 women who marched in the garment workers’ strikes. In 1978, Women’s History Day got upgraded to a week-long celebration and then in 1987 Women’s History Month was established and would officially be celebrated annually during the month of March.

Did you know… Wyoming was the first territory to allow women to vote in 1869 AND it was the first state to elect a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross. She was elected in 1924.

To celebrate, we would like to honor women in STEM and skilled trades who are making and have made important contributions to progress in these fields. Typically, women are the minority in STEM and skilled trades workforces, representing only 28% of the population in STEM and less than 10% in the trades. We’d like to help bridge that gap, and start our efforts with creating more visibility of the women and gender minorities already working in these areas.

A great place to start your search for some role models of women in STEM and skilled trades is our podcast, Closing the Gap. Closing the Gap features women and other gender minorities who work in STEM, skilled trades, and related fields that may typically have a workforce dominated by men.

A Short List of  Some Women in STEM


The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers | Mae Jemison

Closing the Gap podcast

What is a Woman? – Women’s History Month Commercial

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

Reinvented Magazine – a publication about women in STEM

Empowered Women Change the World

Remember The Ladies: The Importance of Women’s History | Emily Krichbaum | TEDxColumbusWomen

Celebrating Black Women Every Day | Women’s History Month

Women in STEM | NASA