INTRO— Articles like this really pull in the web traffic. I have read two articles similar to this in the past month that have generated more engagement than any of the other current issues that critise the design field. For that reason, it's a great entry point into what DesignersWho is here to do. Another reason is the poor representation of women in design history, and the bizaare irregularity between the numbers of women who graduate design education, and those who have design jobs, is a real problem. Our industry is a concentrated petri-dish of our patriarchal society, and we - educated, enlightened, idealistic individuals that we are - aren't doing much to challenge this.
This article, by Tori Hinn of Women of Graphic Design, was published ealier this year in 'desktop' magazine. It caused a stir, which then died down. I don't know if it fulfilled its purpose by purely existing, or adding to the discussion, but I would like to know what could actually be done towards equalising the historical design canon. Because without the voices of these women, we are missing out on a richer ancestry and wealth of knowledge that could potentially inform all of our practices.