Lawrence Hall’s DEI Committee strives to ensure Lawrence Hall is a diverse, equitable environment of belonging and inclusivity. Having “brave conversations” about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is a necessity for healthy company culture and requires honesty, compassion, and self-reflection of all involved. Our Brave Conversations Series highlights topics not normally discussed but that have deep, personal impacts on our staff, youth, families, and communities.
March is Women’s History Month, so this month’s Brave Conversations will focus on issues facing women today. Our first conversation is around women’s erasure from history.
As we mentioned during Black History Month, erasure is everywhere. Erasure is the practice of taking work, ideas, and creative genius from individuals without properly crediting or citing them as the source. Concerning women, writers Anita Sarkeesian and Laura Hudson state, “The erasure of women from history is two-fold: not only are we discouraged or punished for stepping outside the limited roles offered to us, but when we do achieve great things despite the odds, our accomplishments are often diminished, ignored or credited to men.”
Stemming from an 1893 essay by suffragist and abolitionist Matilda Joslyn Gage on the erasure of women in science, “The Matilda Effect” now labels the practice of removing or downplaying all women’s contributions to history and invention.
Hidden Figures (2016)
On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Gloria: In Her Own Words (2011)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Margot Lee Shetterly
The Alice Network
The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words
Edited by Virginia Trimble and David A. Weintraub
The World Made By Women: A History of Women From the Apple to the Pill (coming in 2023)