March was Women’s History Month when we recognized and celebrated women’s contributions and achievements throughout history and today. The now annual event first started as “Women’s History Week” in 1978, and less than a decade later, in 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Berkeley Lab hosted a series of events throughout the month that showcased and honored the contributions of all women, globally and at the Lab.

This year’s celebrations kicked off on March 1 with the raising of the Women’s Support and Empowerment Council’s brand-new Women’s History Month banner at Building 65, which was followed by a series of events comprising panel sessions, talks, and virtual social gatherings. These included talks by Angelic Lucero, an Accelerator Operator Specialist from the Advanced Light Source Center at Berkeley Lab, and Heather Whiteman, who teaches People Analytics at UC Berkeley Haas and is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Data, Design & Delivery for a More Just World at the University of Washington Information School.

On March 30, the Women’s Interlaboratory Network hosted a special inter-lab panel discussion “No Woman Left Behind: Bridging the Gap,” which featured women from across the Department of Energy’s national labs who shared their experiences with navigating breaks in their careers and other challenges.

A full list of these and other Berkeley Lab-hosted events can be found here.