a wonderful example of the sorts of projects one can do with — well, with almost anything, but in this case, with “rediscovered” early women writers: Mary Hays: Life, Writings, and Correspondence. The so-called digital humanities are a perfect fit for the sorts of data-intensive work that needs to be done with so many writers and texts. There are projects out there related to individual writers, as well as broader, more encompassing projects like Project Continua, a project that began with Mary Hay’s Female Biography, or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women (1803), a six-volume biography of exemplary women, and has expanded from there.
After our discussion about the education of women in the Renaissance, you might be interested in this interview on Australian television from 1961, in which two married women are interviewed on the question of whether or not education is wasted on married women. One says yes, one says no.
Just saw this story in TheGuardian about a commemorative sculpture by Cathy de Monchaux unveiled at Newnham College, Cambridge, which as you will remember is one of the two colleges Virginia Woolf wrote about in 1929:
If a two-storey vulva at an Oxbridge college seems unusual, consider the long history of celebratory representations of female genitalia. We just read Gwerful Mechain’s poem. More recently, in the 1970s Judy Chicago and a team of artists made The Dinner Party, an installation of a life-sized triangular dinner table with plates representing women from history, or more specifically the vulvas of women from history, held at the Brooklyn Museum. (Yes, the exemplary women tradition is alive and well. If evolving.) For more, read