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The WHOI Women's Committee

Established in 1973, the Women's Committee at WHOI is an elected committee responsible for considering matters of special concern to women. Each member is charged to make herself aware of pertinent issues and to be accessible to the women around her, to better represent them in the committee.

The eleven-member committee represents women in diverse positions at the Institution: Joint Program Students, Post-docs, members of the Scientific, Technical, and Exempt Administrative Staffs, and members of the Graded Administrative and Research Staffs.  The group meets monthly for discussion of current concerns and for planning occasional seminars and annual activities.


Contact any member individually, or as a group at Nominations and elections of new members are held annually and announced in the WHOI Headlines and also through the mailing list

Please note that both lists are for internal (WHOI) use only.  Inquiries from outside the Institution should be directed to the Information Office at or to the Human Resources Office at

Extraordinary Women at WHOI

Cindy Van Dover “Just by asking, I could live my dream”

August 7, 2020

Cindy Van Dover was born in 1954 and grew up in New Jersey exploring varied and fascinating marine invertebrates every summer.

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Experience of a WHOI wife (Elizabeth “Chickie” Stommel)

June 18, 2020
Chickie Stommel

In the early days, many women joined the WHOI community as wives rather than as employees themselves. One such women was Elizabeth “Chickie” Stommel, who was married to renowned oceanographer Henry Stommel.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Bunce

May 6, 2020

“She had fashioned a remarkable career out of the oddest assortment of parts: athletic prowess, an atomic bomb, a Smith firing, nosiness, and smidgen of luck.”-Kim Robert Nilsen, “Oceans, Atoms and Earthly Secrets

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Roberta Eike: The stowaway who made waves for women scientists today

March 31, 2020
Roberta Eike

Surely, one couldn’t be an oceanographer without going to sea? But that wasn’t the case for women in the 1950s.

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Mary Sears

March 10, 2020
Mary Sears

Mary Sears became a part of the story of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before the funds for its establishment we even secured. 

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