This post comes from friend-of-JI Cristina Rosetti:
This year, during the Mormon History Association’s annual meeting, I was excited to learn about more women in the field that share my common interests. These women are brilliant, are the sources of exciting new research, and are breaking new ground in the field. Then, I wondered why I had to drive to Idaho to learn about their work. Women are underrepresented in the field of Mormon Studies (and academia, generally). Because of this, having a place to highlight their work and connect them with other scholars in invaluable.
This week, Women in Mormon Studies launched their website with the goal of highlighting the work of women in the field. The website indicates that the mission is to “promote the work of women in Mormon Studies, a diverse group of experts that includes women of all racial/ethnic identities, countries of origin and residence, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religious identities, academic backgrounds, and institutional contexts.” In addition to promoting the work of women, the organization seeks to connect scholars, researchers, and journalists with women experts to encourage the representation of women in articles, syllabi, events, panels, etc.
How does this work? Women scholars in Mormon Studies are encouraged to add a profile on the website that covers their chronological focus, geographic focus, methodology, and research topics. People seeking academics within any of these categories can search the database using key words that reflect the expertise of the scholar.
This isn’t just Mormon Studies! Women Also Know Stuff is a database of experts in political science and Women Also Know History highlights women historians. Follow these other organizations to help promote the work of women across the academic world.
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