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Woman who emigrated to Fort Wayne honored in Smithsonian exhibit

Purdue alumna Afua Bruce is one of 120 women in STEM who are featured in the IfThenSheCan...
Purdue alumna Afua Bruce is one of 120 women in STEM who are featured in the IfThenSheCan statue exhibit(Lyda Hill Philanthropies' IF/THEN Initiative)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 3:17 PM EDT
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(WPTA) - A woman who emigrated to Fort Wayne is among 120 women who are being honored at the Smithsonian’s IfThenSheCan exhibit celebrating women in STEM.

Purdue University’s news publication, The Persistent Pursuit, says computer engineering alumna Afua Bruce is being featured in the IF/THEN exhibit. Bruce’s parents emigrated from Ghana to Fort Wayne where she lived during high school before attending Purdue and Michigan University. They say she then took on a role at the FBI and later served on President Joe Biden’s transition team.

In Bruce’s interview, she said she could not find a Black female role model in her field until she was in her late 30s and was humbled to take on that role for someone else.

“The goal of the IF/THEN program – and what gave it its name – is to demonstrate that if she can see it, then, she can be it,” Bruce says. “We want to give girls and women in STEM role models that they can see and talk to.”

The University says the traveling exhibit of 3-D printed statues “celebrates the monumental impact of contemporary female engineers, computer scientists, technologists, and innovators in science, technology, engineering and math.” They say the exhibit, created by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, is on display in Smithsonian gardens and museums to celebrate the newly coined Women’s Futures Month. Read her full interview here.

Lyda Hill Philanthropies' IF/THEN® Initiative presents #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit. This...
Lyda Hill Philanthropies' IF/THEN® Initiative presents #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit. This monumental exhibit of 120 3-D printed statues celebrates contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and features the most statues of real women ever assembled together.(IF/THEN)

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