Celebration of the centenary of the first female Fellows: introduction

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Burek, Cynthia Veronica
Higgs, Bettie Matheson
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The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. In May 1919, the first female Fellows were elected to the Society, 112 years after its foundation. This Special Publication celebrates this centenary. A total of 18 papers have been gathered to highlight recent research, carried out by 24 authors. The publication also builds on stories introduced in a previous Special Publication of the Geological Society, The Role of Women in the History of Geology, edited by Burek and Higgs in 2007, the first book to deal solely with this topic, and in an article by Burek, ‘The first female Fellows and the status of women in the Geological Society of London’, in 2009. It fills in some of the gaps in knowledge with detail that has only recently been uncovered, leading to more in-depth analysis and reporting. The current publication includes more examples from the twentieth century, and a small number into the present century, allowing some trends to be identified. The collective work is finding connections previously undocumented and in danger of being lost forever owing to the age of the interviewees. The same work also identifies several common challenges that female geoscientists faced, which are still evident in the current investigations. By building on what went before, filling gaps in knowledge and enriching the histories, interesting nuanced insights have emerged.
Geological Society of London , Female geologists , Women in scientific careers , Geoscientists , Women in science , Female Fellows
Burek, C. V. and Higgs, B. M. (2021) 'Celebration of the centenary of the first female Fellows: introduction', Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 506(1), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.1144/sp506-2020-190