A word or two now on our recent foray into the Terribly August environs of the Royal Society, for the very excellent reason that there was a great conference on highlighting women’s contributions to all things science. The Revealing Lives conference was a fantastic opportunity to talk to proper historians about why it’s so important to find these hidden histories of women, and how best to share and use the fantastic examples of intrepid women scientists to make science more accessible in the future, or even the present day.
TrowelBlazers participated in a really fantastic panel discussion, Doing Women’s History in a Digital Age, chaired by Alexandra Rutherford, Elissa Rodkey, and Jacy Young from York University Canada and the Psychology’s Feminist Voices project. It was a really interesting panel, with Rebekah Higgitt from the Guardian’s H Word blog, Charisma Varna from the Darwin Correspondence archive at Cambridge University, and Sally Horrocks of the Oral History of British Science project at the British Library. I’d just like to share with those of you who are interested the major points that came out of the discussion on what we’re doing, and why.
1. Enthusiasm shows. I loved this comment, which was made by many of the people I talked to during my all-too-brief appearance at the conference; the grass-roots excitement that gets people submitting posts and nominating trowelblazers comes through and makes us a more interesting, more visitable site. So thank you, guest posters, friends, and followers!
2. So does privilege. We haven’t highlighted enough non-white, non-Anglophone, non-privileged trowelblazers yet-something we have been aware of and are actively trying to address. We need ways of finding new networks of trowelblazers, outside our linguistic and geographic comfort zones! As ever, submissions welcomed.
Finally, there is a lovely summary post here from Athene Donald, and clips and audio of the discussion should be on the Women in Science Research Network page soon. In the meantime, a huge, flaming-trowel THANK YOU to all our wonderful people, tweeple, and spambots.