It got a little bit harder this week to include only white men on syllabi, panels, or in articles.
Following in the footsteps of other disciplines, a group of female historians unveiled a searchable online database on Tuesday listing their peers’ areas of expertise and contact information. The site — called Women Also Know History — is meant to make it abundantly easy to find female historians to invite to speak at conferences, quote in articles, or add to a syllabus.
The question of who gets called on to be an expert has been in the news recently. Several reporters have analyzed their articles and found that only about a quarter of the people they quoted were women, even though they knew about representation issues. In March, the issue boiled over when an invitation-only history conference hosted by Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was publicized on social media. The conference included 30 panelists, all of whom were white and male — a stark example of what’s become known as a manel.