Chick History is inspired by the belief that every great story has not already been told. I created Chick History to find new and interesting ways to tell the stories of women's roles and contributions to history; always overlooked, often watered-down, and sometimes all-together edited out.
In addition to profiles on women, Chick History is also about how women's history is told, particularly through the lens of tourism, museums, exhibitions, and cultural heritage.
I hold an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University and I’ve been working in the museum and history field for over ten years. My professional career has been diverse - curator, collections manager, marketing, membership - and the places I've worked have been as diverse as my background: Dumbarton House, the Bostonian Society, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and my current position at the American Association for State and Local History.*
Like most in my field, I have always felt that the telling of history is a challenging one. Whose story do you tell? Whose lens do you use to view history? For so long, history has focused on individual accomplishments – Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, Galileo was the “father” of modern astronomy, Oliver Cromwell “overthrew” the British monarchy, and so on and so forth.
For me, the challenge of women's history is the challenge of moving away from the "Great Men" method of telling stories through unique biographies and moving into a more holistic vision of social history. It’s about the contributions of individuals who did remarkable things but weren't in a position where they could distinguish themselves individually - because of societal biases of the time and of early historians.
The more I study Women’s History, the more fascinating history as a discipline becomes. I will try and do it justice, and I hope you enjoy, learn, and have fun along the way.
*All opinions given in the blog are mine alone and do not reflect any position taken by any institution I have or work for currently.