On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day with the campaign theme #ChooseToChallenge. This theme led me to a Paris Review article, where I got to meet Emma Willard.
Besides advocating for women’s education, Emma Willard (1787-1870) challenged the teaching of history and geography and introduced visual creativity elements in those areas.
Her Location and Wanderings of the Aboriginal Tribes map was the first printed map to depict the migrations of Native American peoples, which was innovative at the time.
If you are interested in knowing more about Emma Willard, I recommend the following paper: Emma Willard and the graphic foundations of American history. Happy reading!
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