#IfThenSheCan: The Exhibit

Meet Ronda Hamm, Arlyne Simon, and Mercedes Taylor, three remarkable women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

These statues were originally part of #IFThenSheCan – The Exhibit which debuted in Washington, D.C. in 2022, and featured an astounding 120 3-D printed statues celebrating women in STEM. They are on exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science through the end of February 2024.

Seeing is believing, and that’s what this exhibit is all about. When girls see women in STEM careers having fun, they can imagine themselves in those roles too. By supporting women in STEM, we’re working together to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, making the world’s future stronger.

Learn more about these three incredible STEM-ists by scanning the QR codes in the exhibit and visiting our Research Headquarters for videos about them. This exhibit is connected to our What a Scientist Looks Like outdoor banner exhibit, which also includes If/Then Ambassadors as well as several local STEM-ists.

3D printed statues of scientists Arlyne Simon, Mercedes Taylor, and Ronda Hamm. The statues are orange and have some texture because of the printing.

The IF/THEN® Initiative seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. From protecting wildlife, discovering galaxies, fighting superbugs, to choreographing robots, these STEM innovators were selected  through a rigorous process that identified them as leaders in their fields. Lyda Hill Philanthropies partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to select and manage the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador program designed to empower high-profile role models to inspire middle school girls.

#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit is a physical manifestation of this goal, created in part with inspiration from a 2016 study led by former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios which found that the 10 largest U.S. cities publicly displayed fewer than a half-dozen statues of real women. #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit is the largest 3D-printed project of its kind and made history for the most statues of women ever assembled. The exhibit has been experienced in-person by more than four million people in the U.S. since 2020.

IF/THEN is an initiative designed by Lyda Hill Philanthropies to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers. All STEM innovators were selected through a rigorous process that identified them as leaders in their fields with a commitment to inspire the next generation. All were chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies to serve as AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors: high-profile role models for middle school girls.