About Us

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


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. 

Anne W. Ackerson

Lead by design.  These three words help shape Anne W. Ackerson’s career path.  Little did Anne know when she began her first museum job that she would discover a passion that has fueled her work ever since.  Anne served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York.  She is the former director of the Museum Association of New York and currently serves as the executive director of the Council of State Archivists.  She is also an independent consultant focusing on the organizational development issues of the smaller cultural institution.  She is the co-author of the book Leadership Matters, a look at the critical leadership needs of history museums.  She is currently co-authoring a book about the equity issues of working women in museums that will be published by Routledge in 2017. Anne writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. Anne can be reached at leadershipmatters1213 [at] gmail.com.

Co-Founder, GEMM

Joan H. Baldwin

Joan H. Baldwin is co-founder of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement and a former museum director. Currently Curator of Special Collections at The Hotchkiss School, she is co-author of Leadership Matters (2013), and Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Field, which will be published in Spring 2017, both written with Anne Ackerson. She is the principal writer for the blog Leadership Matters , and will begin online instruction for Johns Hopkins Museum Studies program in 2017. Joan can be reached at leadershipmatters1213 [at] gmail.com.

Co-Founder, GEMM

Andrea Crivello

Andrea Crivello is currently the Curatorial Assistant at Coe Hall Museum, Planting Fields Foundation; part of a New York State public Arboretum that once belonged to the Coe family. There, Andrea researches, designs and installs exhibitions relating to the family’s history. She also writes for the local publication Evergreen, along with collections management projects, and daily operations of the historic house museum. Andrea is a graduate of Long Island University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art History, and Minor in Psychology. She has a Master’s Certificate in Curatorial Studies from Goldsmith’s University based in Rome. Andrea previously held a research assistant position at the Nassau County Museum of Art. She is a strong believer in collaboration among museums and historical societies, as opposed to competitive isolation. Andrea has always had a strong appreciation for history, and a passion for both creating and studying art. She believes that curation is the gift of being able to reach and inspire multi-generations and is an advocate for the equity of women in society and the workplace.

Marieke Van Damme

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.

Co-Founder, GEMM

Tasia Duske

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. ️

Jessica Ferey

Jessica Ferey is a Program Manager at LUCI Association, an international network of cities on urban lighting based in Lyon, France. She is the former Deputy Director for the Global Cultural Districts Network and Communications Manager of AEA Consulting. She received her M.A. in Arts Management at American University where her research focused on the gender gap in arts leadership. For her capstone project, Jessica founded Equalarty, a web-based resource for emerging leaders in the arts, focusing on gender equality in leadership of the cultural sector. 

Jessica previously worked for many years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in various positions, her last role as Administrative Assistant to the Director and Assistant Secretary to the Foundation. 

Co-Founder, GEMM

Scarlett Hoey

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. 

Heidi Lung

Heidi leads the University of Iowa’s museum studies program, an undergraduate certificate that can be earned in person or online.  Prior to joining the university she worked in museum education and administration in Saint Louis for twenty years.  She holds degrees in art history, history, museum studies, and a PH.D. in education.  Heidi is passionate about empowering emerging professionals in reaching career goals and supports the disruption of traditional power structures in an effort to increase equity and diversity in the museum field.

Diana Murphy

Diana is Digital Production Coordinator for Web and Digital Strategy at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from Marist College / Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici and a BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has presented her research at universities and museums in the US and abroad. Her research interests include theories surrounding post-Fordist curating, feminist and queer theory, performance, video, digital humanities, and post-war Italian art, and architecture. Most recently, she presented a paper at the Midwest Art History Society’s 46th Annual Conference in Cincinnati.

Natasha Ransom

Natasha Ransom is the Education Specialist at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA. She has been working in arts education and program management for over a decade. She also works for the Teaching Artist Training Lab and co-produces Intersections, comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion, and representation. Natasha teaches and performs improvised theatre, and is especially interested in how improv helps us become better listeners and more creative thinkers. She is passionate about creating systemic change to dismantle inequities connected to race, gender, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities.

Ashley Ross

Ashley Ross has been in the museum field for almost 15 years and has held positions in art, history, anthropology, and historic house museums. Her focus over the last few years has been on community engagement with urban populations using an historic estate as the basis for learning. After becoming a mom, Ashley realized the challenges for working parents in the museum field and has been trying to raise awareness within the field since. Ashley is a wife, museum enthusiast, women’s activist, and most importantly mom. Ashley can be reached at rossashleymi [at] gmail.com.

Hope Shannon

Hope Shannon is a public history professional and historian with a decade of experience working with local history institutions, museums, and cultural organizations. She co-founded Omnia History, a public history collaborative that explores how history can be used to support social change, in 2017.

Hope is a former Executive Director of the South End Historical Society in Boston. She has a master’s degree in history from Simmons College and is currently a PhD candidate in U.S. and Public History at Loyola University Chicago.

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Amy Mannarino

Grace Astrove

Lindsay Steward

Matthew Dickey 

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