Quickly – close your eyes and summon an image that fits the word “inventor.” You might well think of white man in lab coats or eccentric garage tinkerers. Individuals like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs might come to mind.
An exhibit in March at the Main Library of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library system will be turning that notion on its head this March. ‘Picturing Women Inventors’ is a traveling display of eight posters that explore the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women.
Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors.
These resources aim to shed light on these hidden figures and broaden the definition of who can be considered an inventor.
Picturing Women Inventors is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and was developed in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and made possible with the support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN Initiative and Ericsson.
These are inspiration stories that should not be overlooked or underappreciated. They can impact the lives of young people who can see someone that looks like them in their images and photos of what they created.
The exhibit will run from March 6 through March 24 in the Second Floor Lobby area.