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Technical Innovation in American History — the latest encyclopedia edited by Peg Lamphier and I — is now available for pre-order!
It was a project we took over from another editor and we were shocked to find at that stage it did not include ANY women or domestic technologies. Just a lot of odd stuff about different kinds of bridges. So we jumped at the chance to give it more women and people of color.
THEN we had to battle a bit because 3 cover photos had already been chosen – none of them with a woman in them. We argued for female representation and (after we won the first award on our first set of encyclopedias) eventually the publishers agreed to the photo we chose of Maria Mitchell, America’s first great Astronomer.
Representation matters. Who tells your history matters.
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