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ORNL celebrates impact of women researchers and history-makers during Women's History Month

Oak Ridge National Laboratory posted a video on social media celebrating the women making an impact on fields like chemistry and particle physics.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Oak Ridge National Laboratory is celebrating the impact that women researchers made throughout its 80-year history and the women who are leading scientific fields today. It posted a video on social media highlighting women history makers, as part of Women's History Month.

It lasts through March and is meant to commemorate and highlight the impact women have had throughout U.S. history. It started in 1981 when the U.S. Congress proclaimed "Women's History Week" starting March 7, 1982. Six years later, a group petitioned Congress and they extended it throughout the month of March.

"For the past 80 years, women have played a pivotal role in the success and impact of Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Susan Hubbard, the lab's deputy for science and technology. "They've been pioneers in genetics, trailblazers in neutron sciences, innovators in nuclear safety, and sometimes unsung heroes supporting the lab's research efforts."

During the video, Hubbard also highlighted the work women are doing now to create a better future. She said women are "expanding the periodic table, accelerating high-performance computing, pushing the boundaries of particle physics" and advancing manufacturing technology.

"These are the women making an impact today, these are the impact-makers of tomorrow," she said in the video.

Wednesday will mark International Women's Day, with a theme of embracing equity and understanding the differences between women's experiences and the opportunities presented to them.

The History Makers of ORNL

For 80 years, women have been instrumental to the success of ORNL. As we celebrate the women who have made an impact on the lab’s history, we also look to those who are shaping it today. These are the history makers of tomorrow. #WomensHistoryMonth #ORNL80

Posted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Friday, March 3, 2023

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