First Friday: Wikipedia and Women in Science

Public Events
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Women have contributed to the sciences since the age of alchemy, but for centuries they did so largely unseen and unheard.

In celebration of Women’s History Month we’re putting the spotlight on extraordinary women scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. First the Institute’s Wikipedian in Residence, Mary Mark Ockerbloom, will discuss highlights and challenges from her efforts to expand the coverage of notable women scientists on Wikipedia. Then guest speaker Carol Yaster, board president of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, will share her favorite stories of local women who made scientific history. We’ll cap off the evening with a champagne toast to the work of women scientists everywhere.


Mary Mark Ockerbloom

Emily Temple-Wood, who was originally scheduled to appear at this event, is unable to join us. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Presentations will take place at 6:00 p.m. The Museum at the Institute will be open for self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a lively lineup of guest speakers and hands-on activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or