Category: Women issues

The Question of Gender: The “Unseen” Problem in Museum Workplaces

Because for too long women–and more recently those openly identifying as women–have experienced both hostile and benevolent sexism in the museum workplace. Yes, this is a problem across the board in American workplaces, but for-profit organizations don’t define their mission as all embracing. Shouldn’t museums and heritage organizations do as good a job in terms of work equity as they… Read more →

Gender equality in museums now– A Manifesto

A Call for Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace Forty-three years ago a group of women gathered at the American Association of Museums annual meeting, now the Alliance, (AAM). Calling themselves the Women’s Caucus, they asked for numerous reforms to end gender-based discriminatory hiring and promotion practices in the museum profession. At the time, women held fewer than 16-percent of… Read more →

What We Talked About When We DID Talk About Women in Museums

Here are some thoughts about our recent session at the AAM conference in DC. You can read more at Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin’s Leadership Matters blog.   Joan Baldwin As I said to my three colleagues, rarely do things in life turn out the way you imagine they will especially when four busy women from four different states don’t… Read more →

Thank you #AAM2016!

I had a great time in DC. I attended a wedding, saw old friends, visited seven museums, saw the Nats lose, and attended the AAM conference. I’m exhausted!   I helped with a session, too. “What We Talk About When We (Don’t) Talk About Women in Museums” was eye-opening, sad, but ultimately hopeful. I’m grateful to all who participated in… Read more →