Note to members
Dear AWAWS Members,
We're writing to wish you all a very Happy International Women's Day. The theme this year is very fittingly 'Choose to Challenge':
International Women's Day 2021
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.
AWAWS celebrated International Women's Day this year by co-sponsoring an online conference "'Modern' Women of the Past? Unearthing Gender and Antiquity' from 5-7 March.
It was a truly international conference with 409 delegates and close to 140 institutions represented, from Australasia, Africa, India, the UK & Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.
Brilliantly, we have 64 papers delivered by scholars from a dozen different countries around the world.
We were also treated to two outstanding keynote lectures. The first, by the dynamic Dr Rachel Pope from the University of Liverpool and Founder and Director of British Women Archaeologists, was entitled "Women in the Present, Women in the Past". Rachel examined, in the context of the UK and Europe, how preventing women’s access to academia and the heritage sector, both in the past and in the contemporary workplace, has impacted our understanding of women in the past.
The other keynote delivered by Professor Gina Luria Walker, Professor of Women's Studies and Director of The Center for The New Historia, The New School, New York city, was entitled "Where are the Women in Eternity?" and juxtaposed the reality of millennia of ignorance about earlier female figures in the context of sixty years of Feminist Historical Recovery.
If you were unable to listen to these two lectures, please stay tuned as links to the recordings will appear on the AWAWS website in the very near future!
With warmest wishes and have a fabulous day!
The AWAWS Executive Committee