MIT Libraries logo MIT Libraries

MIT logo Search Contact

Maihaugen Gallery Exhibit

Under the Lens

Women Biologists and Chemists at MIT 1870-2023

February 20, 2024 - June 21, 2024

Light skinned woman wearing a white lab coat working with scientific equipment in an office or lab space.Under the Lens examines the work of women scientists in biology and chemistry at MIT beginning with Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first woman student, through the present day, when many women scientists hold leadership positions at the Institute. The women featured in the exhibit are scientists whose work engages with the materials of our world on a molecular level, using the lens of a microscope. At the same time, women’s ability to work as scientists and academics has been scrutinized in the lens of public opinion since Victorian-era debates about co-education.

View the digital exhibit online