Women in Games Initiative
Launched in 2017, The Strong’s Women in Games Initiative is guided by the overarching goal of inspiring girls, young women, and other under-represented people to confidently play games and pursue careers in the games industry. The Women in Games Initiative encompasses a world-class, one-a kind archival collection, onsite and online exhibits, a nationally recognized annual celebration of Women in Games, and other educational programming.
Women in Games Events
The Strong’s first Women in Games celebration, “ opens in a new windowWomen in Games: Inspire“, held in November 2018, was an unprecedented evening of dialog with female innovators and trailblazers in the video game industry. Each year, The Strong continues to host a Women in Games celebration, evolving to add new digital and virtual experiences to engage an even broader audience of young people. See also opens in a new windowWomen in Games: Create! held October 2019.
The Strong’s collections include objects and archival materials that illuminate hundreds of years of women’s board game design, including the two best-selling games of the 19th century (Authors and Dr. Busby) and innovative 20th-century titles like Candy Land and The Landlord’s Game—the predecessor to Monopoly. These materials provide a foundation for The Strong’s unparalleled electronic games holdings that document women’s many contributions to the field, including iconic video games such as Centipede, River Raid, and Journey alongside one-of-a-kind archival records—prototypes, games, design documents, marketing materials, correspondences, photographs, oral histories, and other items—that illustrate the impact of women in the video game industry. Prominent among these are the Carol Shaw Collection, Ken and Roberta Williams Sierra-Online Collection, Her Interactive, Inc. Collection, and Atari Coin-Op Divisions Collection.
Women in Games Exhibits
The Strong tells the important story of women in games and computing in an onsite, interactive, artifact-rich, exhibit titled, Women in Games. A companion online exhibit, opens in a new windowA Brief History of Women in Gaming: The 1980s is a resource for scholars, students, and enthusiasts from around the world. opens in a new windowWatch the exhibit highlight video.
With The Strong’s current expansion, the Women in Games exhibit will be relocated to Digital Worlds, the centerpiece of The Strong’s 90,000-SF expansion, itself the anchor of the all-new Neighborhood of Play. The current Women in Games materials and interactives will be re-imagined as a trail that intertwines throughout the gallery with visual cues that encourage guests to follow the stories of trailblazing women such as Mabel Addis, Joyce Weisbecker, and Muriel Tramis.
Support Women in Games
The Strong encourages queries from individuals and organizations that want to engage with the initiative by donating historical materials, underwriting program development, or supporting the museum’s production of on-site and online exhibits. Please contact Lisa Feinstein at opens in a new firstname.lastname@example.org new email.
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