Making History

Exhibit amasses the most life-sized statues of women in one place

Designed to activate a culture shift among young girls by inspiring them to pursue STEM careers, Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative presented #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit in May. The monumental exhibit brings together the most statues of women ever assembled in one location. This first-of-its-kind, life-sized statue exhibit of women hailing from more than 40 states will be free to the public at North Park Center in Dallas through October 2021.

“As we emerge from the pandemic and contemplate the future, we want to showcase what is possible for young girls in the field of STEM by providing a diverse and powerful representation of women thriving in STEM careers,” said Nicole Small, CEO of Lyda Hill Philanthropies and co-founder of the IF/THEN initiative.

#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit celebrates the contributions of 118 AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors, contemporary female STEM professionals, and role models from a variety of industries, including entertainment, fashion, sports, business, and academia. From Jessica Esquivel, particle physicist, who is one of 150 Black women with a Ph.D. in physics in the country, to Karina Popovich, who produced over 82,000 pieces of 3D-printed PPE for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exhibit will amaze and inspire.

The exhibit features interactive elements, including audio and video of each Ambassador’s personal story. The Ambassadors participated in individual, full-body scans at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in October 2019. Using unique technology called the Twinstant Mobile Full Body 3D Scanner, each woman’s full-length silhouette was 3D printed into a life-sized statue.

The largest scale 3D printing project of its kind was inspired by a study, commissioned by former Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios, in which her initial research of publicly accessible statues in the top ten U.S. cities, plus Washington D.C. and San Francisco, concluded that less than half a dozen statues of real American women exist outdoors in main parks or downtowns. The exhibit will be located in North Park’s 1.4-acre Center Park Garden.