Femme & Function: Art, auction & panel on women in STEAM

We are thrilled to have raised over $2,500 for the non-profit Girls Inc during our fall event, Femme and Function: Portraits of women who made the Internet. The event included an art show inspired by the innovative women profiled in Claire L. Evans’ book, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. In her book Evans (author and lead singer of the pop group YACHT) gives credit where it’s long overdue, paying homage to the technological contributions that women have made to the Internet through historical research and first-person accounts.

Five Portland women from the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) fields also donated their time to participate in a panel and Q & A session with a group of girls from St. Mary’s Academy. The women shared tips on starting a career in STEAM, discussed diversity and their experiences often being the only woman in the room at work. The panelists’ candor was inspiring, as were the insightful questions asked by the girls.

“If you’re looking for women in the history of technology, look first where it makes life better, easier, and more connected. Look for the places where form gives way to function.” — Broad Band

Claire Evans made a guest appearance to kick off the night with a talk from Broad Band, and The St. Mary’s Academy Robotics Team was also there to demo their robot (!). The evening concluded with a silent auction of sixteen portraits of female pioneers in STEAM, created by female-identifying or non-binary artists. All proceeds were split 50/50 between the artists and Girls Inc. This was truly an inspirational evening; many thanks to all who participated!

Portraits by artist (left to right): Anna Lisse Holly, Sam Stember, Grace Anderson, Violet Reed, Brie Thompson, Carolyn Jaeger, Becca Charlier-Matthews, Katie Beymer, Megan Odell, Mette Hornung Rankin, Nagini Reddy, Sage Corson, Bekah Hilleson, Jillian Barthold, Studio DAD