Women's History Month ~ March 2024

WSEC and Berkeley Lab Activities and Resources

A Message from Carol Burns, and Henrik Von Der Lippe / WSEC Executive Sponsors

Berkeley Lab Celebrates Women’s History Month 

Dear Colleagues, 

March is Women’s History Month, and we are pleased to invite you to a slate of Berkeley Lab events to honor and celebrate the contributions of all women, globally and at the Lab, as well as highlight exciting opportunities for all Lab employees.  As the executive sponsors of the Women’s Support and  Empowerment Council (WSEC), the Lab’s first ERG, we are proud to support the role that the group has played over the years in advancing women’s participation and leadership at Berkeley Lab.  

This year’s Women’s History Month events include special speakers, networking and volunteer opportunities, fun games, and array of other events we’re excited about! 

Our first event will be raising the WSEC banner on March 4th at 11:30am. For those of you working onsite, we hope you enjoy seeing the WSEC Women’s History Month banner displayed outside of Building 65 throughout March. 

Next, we put on our thinking caps for the 3rd Annual Women's History Month Jeopardy Game, a now-beloved celebration testing knowledge about women’s history in topics such as science and the arts. We have an amazing lineup of special speakers, including Dr. Jess Wade on March 14th and Greta Vollmer on March 21st. Also on the 21st is a special Women’s InterLaboratory Network event featuring Kate Maxwell. Additionally, we are proud to partner with the Lab’s K-12 Program for Empowerment in STEM Day on March 20th, which you can sign up to support here.  

Please visit the WSEC Women’s History Month webpage for details about these and other Women’s History Month events, and stay tuned as the list continues to grow. All events are open to everyone at the Lab. We hope to see you at one of these events to help us continue to foster a culture of inclusion and diversity at Berkeley Lab and beyond.  

Best Regards, 

Carol Burns, Deputy Lab Director for Research  

Henrik Von Der Lippe, Director of the Engineering Division and Laboratory Chief Engineer Executive Co-Sponsors, WSEC 

3rd Annual Women's History Month Jeopardy Game and Celebration [Virtual]!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 12 - 1 pm PST

Join the Women’s Support and Empowerment Council’s Women’s History Month celebration and Jeopardy challenge! Team up with colleagues across the Lab and have a BLAST testing your knowledge and learning about women’s history in topics such as science, the arts, and more in this fun, friendly virtual Jeopardy game! 

Location: Zoom

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Mission Recognition:  Crediting Women Scientists in Social Media 

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10 - 11am  PST [virtual only]

Join the renowned Dr. Jess Wade for a virtual talk on Thursday, March 14, 10-11am, to hear about her mission to create recognition for women scientists on public forums such as Wikipedia.  Dr. Wade's public engagement work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) advocates for women in physics as well as tackling systemic biases such as gender and racial bias in social media.

Location: Zoom 

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Volunteer Opportunity: Empowerment in STEM Day

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, Multiple times

Join WSEC Empowerment as they co-host Empowerment in STEM Day with K-12 Program at the Lab. You can volunteer for various activities throughout the day. More information on activities currently seeking volunteer positions here: more information here!

The DOE Women’s InterLaboratory Network presents: 

The Woman in the Arena with Kate Maxwell

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11 - 12 pm PST

Register here!

It takes courage to lead, to be different, and to show up as an agent of change, particularly in the face of naysayers. It is bravery and authenticity – not fearlessness – that is our superpower. This talk explores what it means to be that Woman in the Arena who strives, who struggles, who keeps showing up, and who never loses track of who she is and what she stands for.

Women, Language and Social Change with Greta Vollmer

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 12:30pm - 1:30 pm PST

Sessler Conference room (50A-5132) and hybrid

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 Zoom link HERE 

The modern field of language and gender studies got its start on the Berkeley Campus in the 1970’s with Dr. Robin Lakoff’s seminal essay “Language and Woman’s Place.”  And much has changed since then!   In this talk, I will consider the ways in which language evolves and changes, as well as the ways in which we shape – and are shaped by - contemporary linguistic practices.  In short, what power does language hold in our day-to-day lives and how does language change affect us?

Dr. Greta Vollmer is a retired professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Sonoma State University (where she taught courses in English education, grammar, language acquisition and linguistics) and former Director of the Bay Area Writing Project.   She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley School of Education (2000) in Applied Linguistics.  

Sisters with Transistors Movie Screening - a joint event with the Global ERG

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Building 50 Auditorium

(Refreshments will be served outside the auditorium.)

View the trailer here

The Global Employee Resource Group and WSEC invite you to a screening of the movie "Sisters with Transistors", about the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

The movie is narrated by Laurie Anderson and features the following artists:

Other Women's History Month events we're excited about:

UC Women in Tech Committee speaker series

Monday, March 4, 2024 2 - 3 pm PST

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 12 - 1 pm PST

Lean In: Let's #InspireInclusion Through Debunking Four Myths Holding Women Back

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 9 am PST

We will share findings from our 2023 Women in the Workplace Report that disprove four widely-held myths about women’s ambitions and goals in the workplace – and hope to leave you inspired with actionable steps to build a more inclusive culture at your company.

This 60-minute session is hosted by Lean In’s Editor in Chief, VP of Education, Caroline Fairchild, and will cover:

Register here

Women in Data Science Worldwide, Stanford University Conference

Friday, March 8, 2024, 9 - 6 pm PST

This technical conference features outstanding women discussing their exceptional work in data science and related fields, across a wide range of domains. Livestream will be available at no cost. More information here!

PIM Celebrates Women in Construction Week 2024

March 3-9 is Women in Construction Week, which celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry.  See more on what the PIM Division is doing here

Association for Women in Science, Northern California Chapters (AWIS-NCC) Winter Workshop 2024- Women & Entrepreneurship

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 2 - 5 pm PST

Join Association for Women in Science for an immersive day of networking with like-minded women in science, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, and gaining practical knowledge to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape. Ellen Kats, PhD in Biomedical Science, Senior Director of Business Development at the Buck Institute, brings a wealth of seventeen years of experience in business development, managing intellectual property portfolios, and fostering successful start-ups. 

More information here!

Zoom Author Talk: BRAVE THE WILD RIVER: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 12 - 1 pm PST

Join the UC Botanical Garden for their Women's History Month Zoom Author Talk with Melissa L. Sevigny. BRAVE THE WILD RIVER: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon, by science journalist and writer Melissa L. Sevigny, is an evocative and beautifully written chronicle of botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter’s history-making journey through the Grand Canyon in the summer of 1938. Free to everyone, but donations welcomed! Register here.

See past Women's History Month details and events below.

Women's History Month ~ March 2021

Berkeley Lab Resources & Events: 

In Celebration of the Lab’s 90th Anniversary:

Other Events & Resources: