Women in Chemistry 2011: Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future

Lab Technician for Girls Set, 1958

Lab Technician for Girls Set, 1958. Courtesy of the CHF collections.

In the early 21st century the United States faces the prospect of losing its competitive edge in worldwide scientific research and innovation. Women play an important role in alleviating this problem. Women in Chemistry 2011 is a multi-day event for women in high school through higher education, which aims to

  • Provide female role models who have pursued careers in chemistry and related fields;
  • Trace the impact of chemistry on modern life; and
  • Make students aware of the breadth of opportunity open to a person who has pursued advanced study in chemistry and related sciences.

Women in Chemistry 2011: Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future is part of CHF’s commitment to advancing the cause of women in science.

A full lineup of CHF’s Women in Chemistry 2011 events is below. 


Manya: A Visit with Marie Curie

Famous scientist Marie Curie, as portrayed by storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak, will appear on April 26 in a presentation for high school students and on April 27 for the general public. Best known for her discovery of radium and radioactivity, Curie was the first woman to receive a doctorate in the sciences in Europe and the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize.

Starting Down the Chemistry Pathway

This half-day program offers young women the opportunity to meet successful role models, learn about chemistry’s impact on modern life, and understand the myriad opportunities available for women with advanced scientific education.

Career Pathways for Women in Chemistry

This panel discussion aims to unite female chemists in the Greater Philadelphia area by providing a forum that fosters conversation about participants’ trials and tribulations and potential avenues to success.

This event is part of CHF’s year-long celebration of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a United Nations–designated initiative celebrating chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.


Women in Chemistry and other programs aligned with the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) have been supported by many charitable individuals and organizations. CHF acknowledges generous lead sponsorship support by The Dow Chemical Company.




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