This week, I was completely surprised when Unwritten Histories, one of my favourite history blogs included me in a list of “Women Making History in Canada.” I’m so honoured to be part of this list that includes many fabulous scholars whose work I admire.
Dr. Andrea Eidinger, the brains behind Unwritten Histories, wrote the post, explaining that she and her colleague Stephanie Pettigrew wanted to recognize woman-identified graduates or recent graduates.
The choice to focus on early career researchers who are women was made because, as Eidinger writes, “we recognize that women continue to be underrepresented in senior academic ranks and leadership positions, face widespread gender bias in student evaluations, and perform a disproportionate amount of service work and emotional labour. We also recognize that there is incontrovertible evidence of bias against female scholars and the fields of women/gender/feminist history in Canada.”
The post provided a brief bio and list of publications for each featured historian. I won’t reproduce the entirety of mine (go read it there if you like!), just these lines: “Maddie is a leader in community-engaged oral histories and material culture studies, and an innovator in history education. In both her personal and professional life, she is a model for politically-engaged scholarship and an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights.”
Huge kudos to Eidinger and Pettigrew for all their work on that site, and for making this effort to promote awareness of the younger generation of women historians.