Pioneering Women: A Historical Poster Trail Debuts In Los Alamos

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In honor of the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote, Los Alamos MainStreet, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Alamos Historical Society, LANL and Triad, LLC and Del Norte Credit Union are debuting posters  featuring women in Los Alamos who have been pioneers in advancing their respective fields, from the Manhattan Project days, to today.

Local businesses and organizations around Los Alamos County will be displaying these posters. So, get out, explore, look for the posters highlighting these amazing women, and you’ll also have a chance to solve a puzzle and get entered into a raffle for some ScienceFest prizes.

Participants can refer to several maps, found on the ScienceFest website under “Tours & Activities,” as a starting point.

More details are available at The Los Alamos History Museum website also has the full profiles and maps featured, though participants in the scavenger hunt must visit the posters in-person at the respective businesses and organizations around town.

“The Pioneering Women in Los Alamos Trail is a wonderful way to take a trip around Los Alamos, practice social distancing, and learn a bit about some of the amazing women in our community,” said Liz Martineau, Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. “You might even know some of these women!”

Recent Los Alamos High School graduate Emily Holmes put in countless hours to build profiles for these women as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

“We’re recognizing a wide variety of women, from scientists to artists to community leaders, and across wide periods of time, from the homesteading days of Los Alamos to the present day,” said Holmes. “I worked with the Los Alamos History Museum and Laboratory to identify these women, but it’s certainly not a comprehensive list! We wanted to recognize the women who have made great contributions to our community, and I’ve been inspired as I learn more about these women. Women are too often overlooked in academic and artistic fields. I’m hoping to create an awareness of the many amazing women, especially from Los Alamos, who have had a tremendous impact in their respective fields and on our local history.”