Women in archaeology: A celebration for International Women’s Day
The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced to the early 1900’s, when women across the world united, mobilised and demanded a day dedicated to building support for women’s rights and calling for change. In 1975 it was finally recognised by the UN and this year it’s especially important to mark International Women’s Day and lend our voices to the calls for change across the world.
This year we celebrate International Women’s Day one month after the 100th anniversary of the hard-won Representation of the People act 1918, which granted some women the vote. To celebrate this momentous year, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on how MOLA creates opportunities for women to thrive in the workplace and in the archaeology profession.
When I joined MOLA in early 2017, I knew I was joining an organisation that actively provided equal opportunities for its employees. I was already inspired by the world-class work being done here and was excited to work in an organisation that has been led by a female CEO for over 20 years. Fast forward 15 months and I’m extremely proud to say that 50% of our field team are women and that this even split is reflected in our Senior Management Team, and of our 11 Trustees, seven are women.
Archaeology is a multi-faceted discipline that provides unparalleled opportunities. Development-led archaeology sees women carrying out demanding physical work and managing projects on construction sites, in what can often be a very male dominated environment. Women at MOLA are making incredible headway and creating knowledge that opens up further opportunities, not just for archaeologists of the future, but for society more widely.
We’re marking International Women’s Day with blogs and social media posts introducing you to some of the fantastic women who work at MOLA and the different jobs they have, here’s a few of our highlights:
- Meet Human Osteologists Elizabeth L Knox and Niamh Carty, two of MOLA’s in-house Human Osteologists
- Read all about Bonnie and Emma, two of the MOLA Headland Infrastructure women behind the UK’s largest archaeological project, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme
- Watch this video of Director of Research and Engagement Sophie Jackson talking about our work on Bloomberg’s new European headquarters and the opening of London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
- Hear from Jess Bryan, Senior Archaeologist and qualified chainsaw operator about how we use chainsaws on archaeological sites
- Read about life on an archaeological site in the heart of the City of London with Sadie Watson, experienced urban archaeologist
CEO, Janet Miller, share some of her archaeology highlights from her first year at MOLA.
Find out what Janet Miller has planned for MOLA as she embarks on her role as Chief Executive Officer
- ‘Witch bottles’ research team collaborate with AHRC and BBC Arts on new animated film
- Getting to the bottom of the Glenfield Park cauldrons
- New CITiZAN app and coastal map make it even easier for volunteers to record archaeology on England’s shores
- How can the existing structures of archaeology incorporate a wider range of experiences and interests?