The International Museum of Surgical Science is one of 26 science centers and museums around the country selected to receive a 2020 gender equity grant designed to further women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. This grant was made possible by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), Lydia Hill Philanthropies, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

IF/THEN® Ambassadors with Lydia Hill. Photo: IF/THEN® Collection.

The grant award supports the Museum’s ongoing goal of creating more equitable and representative content within its permanent exhibitions. Utilizing the brand new IF/THEN® Collection, the largest free resource of its kind dedicated to increasing access to authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM, the IMSS has expanded seven of its permanent galleries to showcase contemporary women scientists, inventors, and medical professionals, including:

The Museum app for iPhone and Android also features a brand new self-guided tour that expands on each of the IF/THEN® panels with videos about the careers and passions of each scientist! Be sure to download the app and learn more about women in STEM from the convenience of your smartphone!

In addition to an exhibition component, the Museum produced five free virtual programs in 2020 featuring prominent STEM professionals from the IF/THEN Ambassador collection. For more information on these programs, please visit the Programs section of our website.

The International Museum of Surgical Science received a 2021 Round 2 IF/THEN Grant to expand the exhibitions and update the Careers in Medicine component of the Museum. From data science to illustration, careers in STEM, healthcare, and medicine can take many forms. This new panel exhibit showcases the biographies and careers of five women in STEM that students can look to gain inspiration for their own future careers. This presentation highlights the following STEM professionals: