Women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology
TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.
Because we think these women are awesome. We think you’ll think these women are awesome. And we want to keep on discovering more awesome trowel-wielding women. Plus, so many of the pictures are, quite frankly, a-MAZ-ing.
Lady Aileen Fox
Aileen Fox (née Henderson), born in 1907, had a privileged childhood of nannies and home tutoring, and she was never expected to go to university. Her mother only allowed her to take the entrance exams for Cambridge on the proviso that she would be presented at Buckingham Palace, which she duly was in 1926. She started out as an assistant at the excavations of the important Roman fort at Richborough in Kent, potentially the first landing…
We were pretty outraged when we heard the story of 8 year old school girl Sophie Trow, who was told by a prominent national shoe chain that the dinosaur shoes she wanted 'weren't for girls'. But TrowelBlazers know a thing or two about role models... Check out the amazing, amazing response to the hashtag that started with a joke on Facebook…
Do you know of an awesome, TrowelBlazing pioneer in archaeology, geology, or palaeontology? Let us know! We are always looking out for guest posts, or even suggestions for new women to feature.
It’s all so very easy… 200 words, and a picture either freely available or with a known source where we can request permission to reproduce it. Even if you can’t manage that – don’t worry! We’re happy just to be told about truly inspiring women. Don’t forget to tell us your twitter/ blog name so we can give you full credit!