Why women?

Sometimes in science, math, engineering or environmental work women’s voices aren’t heard as much or as loudly in leadership roles or in the media. Daughters of Hanford aims to better understand women’s work with the environment, history and future of the nuclear site to tell their complex and beautiful stories.

What does the project include?

Daughters of Hanford is: A radio series, a multi-platform website, a geo-mapping application and a museum exhibit. The project culminates in the interactive art exhibition at The REACH in Richland, Wash., in July 2015.

Why is it called Daughters?

We named the project Daughters of Hanford because “daughter products” is a common term used in nuclear science. We wanted also to draw the comparison that these women are spin-off products of the massive Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state. They have changed the site, or been changed by it.

Daughters of Hanford: Products of a southeast Washington nuclear reservation

Daughter products (def.): Isotopes that are formed by the radioactive decay of some other isotope. In the case of radium-226, for example, there are 10 successive daughter products, ending in the stable isotope lead-206.

- Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 How were the Daughters selected?

The Daughters were chosen based on their occupations, connections to the Hanford site and compelling personal stories. Public radio correspondent Anna King has been reporting from the Mid-Columbia for a dozen years and brings her vast source list to bear for this compelling project. Although Daughters can’t encompass all of the women working hard to clean up Hanford, it does offer a cross-section of politicians, leaders, environmental cleanup advocates, women who were part of history and the future talent putting their minds on the nuclear site’s toughest problems. And Daughters wants your daughter! Go here to tell us more about your own Daughter of Hanford for this project.

Why is the project important?

Radio and online platforms are great ways to share stories of important people. This project aims to tell stories of women you might not be familiar with yet, but who ultimately will change your world. They are working to save the Mid-Columbia, the Columbia River, the region and the world from radioactive waste. And Daughters of Hanford aims to teach and inspire the next generations of artists, engineers, journalists, watchdogs and scientists while serving as a platform for regional discussion.

How can I experience it?

You can experience Daughters of Hanford several ways: Listen to public radio for the Daughters of Hanford series. Explore our website as more and more stories of Daughters are added throughout 2015. Visit The REACH in Richland this summer to see the new Daughters of Hanford exhibit in Gallery 2. Or add your own Daughter of Hanford to this website here.

How can I bring it to my location?

After a year’s run at The REACH, the Daughters of Hanford intends to hit the trail to other cities and museums. If you are interested in bringing the show to your town, contact the Daughters of Hanford team here.

How can I learn more?

Each woman’s public radio story isn’t the end of the story. There are additional pictures, context, behind-the-scenes shots and information about each Daughter at her individual page. Go here to learn more about each Daughter.

Can I submit a woman for inclusion?

Yes please! Write us about your Daughter. Then send us photos, give us short video or audio clips. We want to know more. Once approved, your Daughter of Hanford will be added to our site for inclusion in our project.