About GEMM

The Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM) is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to raising awareness, affecting change, and championing transparency about intersectional gender equity in the museum workplace.
(Mission Statement, 8/3/2020)

To fulfill this mission, GEMM:

● Promotes equitable and transparent museum workplaces

● Provides direction and offers resources for museum workers

● Collects resources for individuals who are affected by workplace harassment

● Advocates for research and policy development addressing equity issues

● Forms alliances with organizations and coalitions working on related equity issues

Our story:  Sometimes one thing leads to another. And common interests lead to action. Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin met Jessica Ferey as part of their work on their first book, Leadership Matters, because of Jessica's master's work on women leaders in the arts. The three crossed paths with Marieke Van Damme through her blog, Joyful Museums, and finally in person for  "What We Talk About When We (Don't) Talk About Women," a roundtable discussion led by all four at AAM 2016.

That presentation, and the completion of Anne and Joan's manuscript, Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace, prompted the four friends to expand the circle to include Shruthi, Lindsey, Fernanda, Matthew, Scarlett, Grace, and Amy. From there, we created the Gender Equity in Museums Movement and will continue to push for better equity in museums. 

Learn more about the GEMM Steering Committee.

Email gemmuseums@gmail.com for more info. 

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Andrea Crivello (she/her/hers) is a museum and library professional passionate about creating social impact through material culture and the public service side of cultural institutions along with equitable, ethical, humane cultures for working professionals. She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Art History, Theory & Conservation from Long Island University and master’s certificates in Contemporary Curatorial Studies and Museum Studies.



Marieke Van Damme lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, blogs at Joyful Museums, and podcasts at Museum People. Her museum areas of interest include workplace culture, equity, and making history relevant.

GEMM Co-Founder



Tasia Duske is CEO of Museum Hack, an Inc. 5000 renegade tour company that is spreading the good word: Museums Are F***ing Awesome! Tasia’s expertise is in scaling scrappy startups to become stable, profitable companies. At Museum Hack, a 100% bootstrapped and fully remote organization, this work includes overseeing revenue growth from $1.2 million in 2015 to $2.7 million in 2018, and a team that has expanded from 30 people to 65. Tasia is from Seattle, has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and is a fierce advocate for bringing joy, passion, creativity and integrity to your work. ️

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Scarlett Hoey is the Manager of Membership and Development for the New England Museum Association. Born in Queensland, Australia, and raised in the Boston area. She was previously as a co-chair for the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals, helping to coordinate professional development opportunities, such as salary negotiation workshops for women and career conversations. Her past work experience includes ArtsWorcester, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, The Boston Athenaeum, Boston’s Old South Meeting House, and Brisbane's Newstead House.

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Heidi Lung leads the museum studies program at The University of Iowa and serves as President of the Iowa Museum Association. She has twenty-five years of experience in museum education and administration and holds degrees in art history, history, museum studies, and a PhD in education.



Diana Murphy (she/her/hers) is a writer, editor, and digital content strategist and is Digital Production Coordinator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Marist College / Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici and a B.A. in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Natasha Ransom is the Education Specialist at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle and been working in arts education and program management for over a decade. She also co-produces Intersections, a comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion, and representation, and is passionate about creating systemic change to dismantle inequities connected to race, gender, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities.



Katie Reynolds has been on the Steering Committee since 2017. She is passionate about making public history accessible and has been the Manager of Tour Services at Agecroft Hall & Gardens in Richmond, VA for 8 years. She has a B. A. in History from San Francisco State University.

Thank You

  • Anne Ackerson (GEMM Co-Founder)

  • Grace Astrove

  • Joan Baldwin (GEMM Co-Founder)

  • Matthew Dickey

  • Jessica Ferey (GEMM Co-Founder)

  • Karen Marshall

  • Amy Mannarino

  • Shruti Mukund

  • Ashley Ross

  • Hope Shannon

  • Lindsay Steward