TrowelBlazers - Raising Horizons

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Mary Leakey.jpgAn international collaboration dedicated to outreach activities aimed at encouraging participation of women and underrepresented groups in archaeological, geological, and palaeontological science, Trowelblazers has convened and participated in panels discussing women in science at the Royal Society and the London Feminist Conference, and a wide variety of events and activities including the Cambridge Science Festival, Skeptics in the Pub 15th Anniversary Show, a Jump! magazine feature, Wikipedia Edit-a-thons on two continents, Ada Lovelace Day events. They have been invited to the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the UK, as well as additional events within our respective home institutions, which includes UGA because of the participation of assistant professor of anthropology Suzanne Pilaar Birch.

Now TrowelBlazers is partnering in a photographic exhibition that opens Feb. 1 in London, Raising Horizons:

A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, we've developed Raising Horizons — a multimedia exhibition which will bring two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history to life.

14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology will be photographed posed in the period clothing of a matched historic TrowelBlazer. Personal interviews with the women will form part of the exhibition, and act as the basis for a new oral history archive.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of geo-science past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science.

A fantastic project, intertwining art, history, and outreach activism innovatively designed to promote science by educating us about women in geoscience. Congratulations. Let's hope Raising Horizons travels far, including to UGA. 

Image: Mary leakey, courtesy of Raising Horizons.