Category: women in academia

Alice Freeman Palmer (1855-1902) was the President of Wellesley College for six years, and later the Dean of Women at the University of Chicago. She was a strong advocate for female education and co-founded the American Association of University Women.: undefined

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.

Susan B. Horwitz (1955-2014) was a notable computer scientist. She is best known for her research
in programming languages and software engineering.

She got
her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1985. She later became a
professor at the University of Wisconsin and published numerous paper in the
emerging field of computer science.

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.

Heidi Hartmann (b. 1945) is a feminist economist, an expert in public policy and
the way it affects women. She is the founder and president of the Institute for
Women’s Policy Research.

She obtained her PhD in economics from Yale
University in 1972, and later started teaching at the New School for Social
Research in New York. She was a senior research economist at the Office of
Research of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.