so much to the pioneering contributions of women who
were drawn to the study of humankind and became
innovative scholars and inspiring teachers. Often it
wasn't easy, and many never became as widely known as
their male counterparts. Here we wish to honor the
accomplishments of just a few, chosen to represent
all four traditional sub-fields of the discipline --
archaeology, linguistics, physical, and cultural
anthropology -- as well as to reflect diverse
ethnicities. All are now deceased, but their work
lives on in the students they taught and the
scholarship they produced.
Our website is structured around
the 31 days of March: Women's History Month. Each day of the month honors just one
influential woman anthropologist. But remember, we
cannot bring you each and every woman who made a
difference - not even in a year of Marches!!
Our goal is to honor the memory and
highlight the achievements of women who have made
significant contributions to the discipline, whether
their names are well-known or not. We hope to
encourage women and girls to consider their own
interests, abilities, and potential and to make a
connection between themselves and the remarkable
women honored throughout our site.
When possible, we will include
pictures and photos as well as informative text and
links. It is not our intent to present here a
comprehensive, scholarly assessment of each woman,
but to present each one in an informal and visually
Although this website
is the result of a project for Dr. Elizabeth Bird's Visual Anthropology
course, it has come to mean far more than 'simply an
assignment.' We hope these pages will
whet your appetite for more. If so, we have
succeeded, and are indeed glad. Now come - and
celebrate women anthropologists with us....
Featured Woman Anthropologist:
Eleanor Burke Leacock
Some Other Links of Interest
be patient while we continue to expand our site.
for stopping by!!
Women Anthropologists" teammembers:
Kathleen Del Monte, Karen
Catherine Klein, Bridget
This site was last
updated on June 26, 1999
This website would not be possible
without the support and knowledge graciously shared
by the faculty members of the Anthropology Department
at USF, and the technical assistance of Tim Barnett,
Kelley Curtis, Michelle Cano and Dr. Rob Tykot.
We are especially grateful to Dr. Andrew H. Whiteford
for graciously sharing his personal experiences of
these "formidable women" with us.