Boston Public Library

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Bermuda_WiCWomen in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments

Central Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
October 31, 2015 through March 27, 2016

Histories of map-making generally emphasize the role of men; however, since the advent of the printed map, women have worked as colorists, engravers, shop owners and publishers, and most importantly as map-makers themselves.  Women are active in all aspects of cartography today, and are leaders in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping.  In this exhibition of forty maps, globes, atlases and works of art from the 17th century to the present, visitors will encounter works by female map creators, designers and educators, learn about the various cartographic skills employed by women over the centuries, and observe the transition of women in cartography from marginalized, to celebrated.