Despite the growth and success of feminist archaeology, women in archaeology still face issues not necessarily encountered by their male counterparts in the 21st Century. Legacies of past discrimination, particularly the perceived and/or actual demands of family life, have resulted in disproportionate fewer women working at research institutions in many disciplines, including archaeology. This disturbing trend has profound implications for not only the direction of current archaeological research, but also the training of future scholars.

This blog is a forum for advocating for women archaeologists so that we can move beyond legacies of inequity to a future that strengthens a feminine voice in archaeology and a feminist perspective. We contend that the very practice of archaeology is skewed towards a masculine and hierarchical perspective that excludes consensus building and “minority opinions” when interpreting the past. We argue that the feminine voice brings unique and necessary elements to the discipline of archaeology, through values such as mentoring and collaboration. We also clarify that a feminist perspective is not limited to any one gender, class, race, ethnicity or sexuality. Rather a feminist perspective is a radical point of view; one that recognizes that women’s success professionally and personally is integrally tied to larger socio-political movements dedicated to the eradication of homophobia, racism, and androcentrism.

Our hope is to solicit advice, perspectives, and experiences from all realms of the archaeological profession- including tenure-track and adjunct faculty, CRM professionals, and those not currently employed or underemployed. The ultimate goal of the blog is to shift the realities of power experienced in the daily lives of women archaeologists by discussing, inventing and offering solutions to the challenges of professional life.

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  2. I think all of us archaeological bloggers out here in cyberspace have to wonder. Is this a dead blogspot? You have 172 amazing followers (including me) who hear nearly nothing, for all practical purposes, from the various women archaeologists who started this blog. Personally, I had high hopes that the Feminine Voices in Archaeology blog would sprout wings and fly, but it shows signs of having had a crash landing shortly after takeoff. Why did that happen? Would anyone here like to address the issue?

    Please tell me—please, please, please—tell me that this is not about new women faculty members who have been intimidated into submission (Southern Baptist-style submission) by more experienced male faculty members who fold the golden crown of your potential future tenure in their hands. I think the whole world would be disappointed if that were the case.

    While we are in the fitting room, let’s try on this garment. Women archaeologists have a long list of vital concerns that are incredibly important, but they are just so preoccupied with lesser concerns that they cannot get to the really important concerns.

    I hope this message pisses you off because someone needs to be pissed off enough to do something. A whole world of women archaeologists are waiting for someone to stand up and lead. Which one of you is it going to be?

  3. sorry—“…is waiting…”

  4. Sarah

    I am extremely humbled by the number of followers and feel a lot of guilt about not keeping up this blog. But I am not pissed off, just overwhelmed. When there are always too many things to do in a day, something has to give and this blog is always the last on the list to get attention. I think of it often, but don’t have the time to give it. I was working on gathering a community of contributors, but even that takes time I don’t have.

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