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Women Scientists Share Their Stories
Challenging the Face of Science: Women Scientists Share Their Stories is a series of online interactive webinars exploring themes of women in STEM careers, mentorship, and community. Smithsonian scientists from the National Museum of Natural History discussed their journeys on July 8 and July 29. This program is part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story. This Initiative is an ambitious undertaking to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women.
Video Webinars
Kay Behrensmeyer and Camilla Souto Share Their Stories

​Camilla Souto, left, and Kay Behrensmeyer. Photos courtesy of Camilla Alves Souto, left; courtesy of Briana Pobiner, right.
Thursday, July 29, 2021

This webinar featured senior research geologist and curator of vertebrate paleontology Kay Behrensmeyer and Deep Time Peter Buck Fellow Camilla Souto. They discussed what it’s like to be a woman in a science career, the people and experiences that have had a significant impact on their journeys, the skills that helped them be successful, and the challenges they have overcome.
This program was presented via Zoom video webinar.
Watch the webinar video featuring Kay and Camilla.
Amanda Lawrence and Briana Pobiner Share Their Stories

Amanda Lawrence, left, and Briana Pobiner. Photos by Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution, left; and by Fire Kovarovic, right.
Thursday, July 8, 2021

This webinar featured museum technician Amanda Lawrence and paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner. They shared what it is like to be a woman in science and discussed the people and experiences that have had a significant impact on their journeys, the skills that helped them be successful, and the challenges they have overcome.
This program was presented via Zoom video webinar.
Watch the webinar video featuring Amanda and Briana.
Related Resources
Get Connected:
Check out some of the ways scientists build community and stay connected virtually!
Association for Women in Science
Biological Anthropology Women's Mentoring Network
Association for Women Geoscientists
The Bearded Lady Project:
Challenging the Face of Science: The Bearded Lady Project Exhibition
October 2020 Virtual Symposium
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