Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

Megan Smith Delivers Smith College Commencement Speech Highlighting 'Creative Confidence'

Megan Smith, the United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House — the first woman to hold that post — delivered the address at Smith College's 138th Commencement ceremony, held Sunday, May 15, 2016.

"I just have to mention that it's great to be at Smith," Smith began after a quick introduction. "I can get customized holiday presents for my whole family in the T-shirt section of the bookstore...so thanks for that."

But jokes aside, Smith delivered an impactful and empowering speech to more than 700 graduates.

The keynote speaker, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in science, celebrated the college for highlighting the field of engineering for women.

"What I love about Smith College is that you have added engineering. ...It's not fair that women's colleges have not included those subjects, and I applaud your faculty for adding that," she said. "We would never graduate from high school and say reading and writing just weren't my thing, but people all day say math and science weren't their thing, and that's not good. We need to figure out how to have that confidence about everything."

Megan also mentioned MAKERS as part of her theme about leadership.

"I love that it's a group of leaders together," she said. "The MAKERS short films series, which celebrates amazing stories of women, started because its creator, Dyllan McGee, originally wanted to make a film about Gloria Steinem — and Gloria said you can't make a movie about the women's movement just about one woman. Find it if you have not seen it yet. Susan B. Anthony in 1902 talked about a 'galaxy of women.' The MAKERS series illustrates the power of this galaxy past and present. In fact, Abby Wambach's MAKERS film just came out a few weeks ago. Knowing these histories is important."

Watch Smith's entire speech below, and watch her exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

NEXT: Get to Know Megan Smith  »

Related Stories:
The Importance of STEM
Girls and STEM