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Women of Hanford; More than Meets the Eye

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 For some of us, when we think of a scientist, we might envision a man in a white lab coat.  But if not for the *women of hanford, this area, and our country for that matter, would likely be a very different place. 
Dr. Leona Woods Marshall Libby was one of the most important scientists of her generation. 
"Often times when you hear about Leona, you hear about how wonderful it was that she was the first woman scientist of the B Reactor, that she was the first woman to do this, the first woman to do that.,” said Terry Andre with the B Reactor Museum Association. 
While her status as the first female scientists working on the Manhattan Project at Hanford is groundbreaking, Andre argued that we should remember her first and foremost as a scientist. 
"For some generations it automatically negates her accomplishments and for other generations it may elevate the accomplishments, so we wanted to look at a gender neutral term. She was a scientist," Andre said. 
And it wasn't just the women in lab coats who made a difference.
"As much as I have high regard for the women who came as professionals, the women who came with their professionals, they built this community,” said  Richland Native Ann Roseberry. 
Roseberry grew up in the early days of Hanford and says the impacts of the women of Hanford are still felt today. 
"They were strong, very intelligent, well educated women and in what was then a very isolated area, they started theater, music and art, and they made sure the Richland School District was excellent," Roseberry said. 
"It was the background of society contribution, keeping the home fire burning. World war ii in particular was a really difficult here and you needed people who were strong, and you needed pioneers," Andre added.