How you can help
Women have a long and often storied history as museum founders, philanthropists, collectors, and volunteers. As both employees and volunteers, they were and are catalysts in the creation of museums large and small, building a legacy of successful preservation efforts, a commitment to education and public engagement, an early embrace of modernism, the creation of the first children’s museums, and breaking audience color barriers.
Those of us in 21st-century museums are forever indebted to them for their courage, imagination, and entrepreneurship. As individuals, you honor their legacy and keep their vision alive by:
Don’t stay silent. Start conversations and talk about gender equity at your workplace, or in your state, regional, or national museum association.
Identifying actions your museum can take to address equity issues. Advocate among colleagues and champions to move these issues to the top of leadership agendas.
Encouraging your museum to create a values statement. Museums that can’t state what they believe in have a hard time acting on those beliefs.
Making sure your museum’s strategic plan addresses workplace equity at all levels, from board members to staff to volunteers.
Involving yourself in a mentorship program as a mentor or mentee, either inside or outside your museum.
Having conversations with emerging professional women about the next steps in their careers; supporting robust mentoring programs.
Sharing this manifesto widely. Help GEMM get people talking and thinking about equity. Use the hashtag #GEMMuseum in your social media posts.