Category: academia

Martha Chen (b. 1956) is a social worker and scholar who
has devoted much of her career to the aid of the working poor in South Asia.
She has been a representative of Oxfam in India and Bangladesh for 15 years.

She currently teaches
Public Policy at Harvard University. Her academic work has focused on issues of
gender, poverty and employment, especially in India. She has received a number
of awards for her work, including the Padma Shri from the Indian government.

Gloria Ricci Lothrop (1934-2015) was an academic and researcher based at
Cal Poly Pomona. She was the first woman to ever join the history department of
the university.

Her
most important contribution to research was uncovering the historical role of
women in the Old West. She managed to uncover numerous artefacts and historical
sources, some written or indexed under male names, that were actually
contributions of women. 

Véronique Schiltz (1942-2019) was an archeologist, translator and art historian from
France. She was a specialist in steppes art, associated with Scythian cultures
from three millennia ago.

She
held positions such as course director of ancient iconography at the Sorbonne,
and director of the departments of archeology and history of art at the
University of Franche-Comte. She curated numerous exhibitions for world-class
museums in France and Canada.

Vaira
Vīķe-Freiberga
 (b. 1937)
was elected the first female President of Latvia in 1999. She served two terms
and had high approval ratings throughout her time in office; a known
pro-European, she was instrumental in achieving EU membership for her country.

In addition to her political career, she is a professor and scholar in
psychology and psycholinguistics, teaching at the University of Montreal and publishing
more than ten books and 160 academic articles. She is the current president of
the Club of Madrid.

Dena Epstein (1916-2013) was a librarian and
musicologist, working mostly around Illinois. She undertook important research
in the origins of American slave music.

After studying music and library science in
Chicago, she became the Senior Music Librarian at Newark Public Library. She
served as the President of the Music Library Association and published several
books on her research into black musical history. One of her most important
findings was that the banjo originated as an instrument from African slave tradition,
not from rural white communities, as previously thought.

Deborah
Cameron
(b. 1958)
is a feminist linguist, currently a Professor of Language and Communication at
Oxford University. Her research focuses on the relationship between language
and gender/sexuality.

She has
taught at multiple universities around the United Kingdom and the United
States. One of her most famous books is the 2008 The Myths of Mars and Venus:
Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?
, challenging the idea of
biological differences being responsible for linguistic differences.

Virginia Held (b. 1929) is a feminist philosopher whose work focuses on the ethics
of care. Her research has sparked discussions regarding traditional roles of
women in society and the ethics of caring for others.

She obtained her PhD from Columbia University
in 1968 and went on to teach at Hunter College in New York. She also served as
the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical
Association.

Elizabeth Garrett (1963-2016) was the first female president of Cornell University.
She ascended to the role in 2015, but served for less than a year, tragically
dying of cancer while in office.

She studied law at the University of
Virginia, and later became a legal advisor for the Iran – US Claim Tribunal at
The Hague. She was a professor and deputy dean for academic affairs at the
University of Chicago and a visiting professor at numerous other institutions
around the world.

Rosemary
Cramp
(b. 1929) is a British archaeologist and academic. She was the first
female professor appointed at Durham University, where she taught for almost four
decades.

After completing her studies at Oxford, she
became a lecturer at Durham University in 1955 and was appointed Professor of
Archaeology in 1971. She also served as the President of the Council for
British Archaeology, Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute and
President of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Anne Firor
Scott
(1921-2019) was an
American historian, specialised in the history of the South, with a focus on
women in history. She taught at Duke University, where she became the first
female chair of the history department.

Her best known book
is the 1970 The Southern Lady: From
Pedestal to Politics
, now considered a classic and a stepping stone in the
field of Southern women’s history. She served as the president of the Organization
of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association.