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“MAKERS: Women in Space” Film Screening to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.18.27 PMIn celebration of Women’s History Month, Berkeley Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Office will be screening a documentary film called “MAKERS: Women in Space”:

  • Tuesday, March 21st @ 12:00 p.m. in the B50 auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 28 @ 12:00 p.m. at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Conf Rm 4132/ 4134. (As a remote location, all visitors will need to check in with the building security for access to our floor. There is limited street parking available in front & back of the building as well as the surrounding neighborhood.)
  • Tuesday, March 28 @ 12:30 p.m. at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), Conf Rm 149A

“‘Women in Space’ traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction.  It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft.  The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station.  The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts—the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward. Narrated by Jodie Foster.”

800px-Mae_Jemison_in_Space-500x332S463_PoppyNorthcutt_lookingatpapersatconsole_Getty_152209942_hiM“MAKERS: Women in Space” aired on October 14, 2014 on PBS.  Produced by Michael Epstein and Sara Wolitzky and directed by Michael Epstein.  Film running time: 54 minutes.  Click here to view the trailer.

Feel free to bring your lunch and invite your colleagues.  For any questions, please email

In case you have missed the screening of “MAKERS: Women in Space”, you can access the movie here.