"Must-reads" from 2019
It's been quite a year, and the GEMM Steering Committee has been right there with you.
Below are some of our “must-reads” and "must-listens" from the past few months.
This article inspired me to keep reaching for my dream job, even if that meant creating the dream within my current position.
This new list TIME's editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal writes, "...spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more." For GEMM, some of the inspiring people to watch are Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, age 29, who is supporting sexual assault survivors in her native Nigeria; computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, 29, who's highlighting the bias of algorithms that foster a range of discrimination; and Amanda Nguyen, 28, the founder of Rise, a nonprofit that helps legally empower victims of sexual assault. Take a read -- the future is in capable and caring good hands.
This piece from the Atlantic stood out to me in that it revealed gender bias in collecting beyond art and history institutions. This is something I had not thought much about. This biased practice directly impacts our understanding of our world and how it works.
I chose this article, too! The patriarchy is everywhere. Stay alert.
--Marieke Van Damme
This article discusses some salient changes in the museum field this past year in terms of its function as an agora for protest and gathering as well as its funding entities and who is privileged to sit on their boards.
NPR's Shankar Vedantum speaks my love language.
I love this podcast. Each week Erin and Bryan talk about current womxn’s issues and LGBTQIA+ issues in the news in a way that is actually hilarious. I’m able to stay up-to-date about current events without wanting to die. I can’t recommend them enough!
This is my go to podcast because they cover such a range of important topics on "the workplace, and women’s place in it." They often bring in a diverse range of folks to talk to each theme, plus every episode has a resource list and discussion guide. In May 2019 they covered No Partner, No Kids, No Problem which featured writer Shani Silver on her experience with the career pros and cons, and then Tracy Dumas, a professor at Ohio State University, on research-backed advice for responding to bias and unrealistic expectations. This episode helped me think about folks in our field because it discusses important considerations for our field -- workload, expectations, and bias.
In May 2019, Michelle Millar Fisher wrote this article which highlighted Curator Nikki Columbus’s claim of gender, pregnancy, and caregiver discrimination at MoMA PS1 (settled in her favor, April 2019). Using the discrimination lawsuit Millar Fisher discusses museums, motherhood, family leave, labor and much more. The article is filled with helpful resources and thought provoking advice.
Two quick and worthy reads about workplace culture