Amelia Edwards got a late start in her career as an advocate and promoter of Egyptology, at least by Victorian standards. Born to a retired army officer and a Irish mother, Amelia was taught from the start to be independent, curious, and fearless. Her mother home schooled her and refused to teach her anything about homemaking. Her mother, Alicia Edwards, apparently didn't want to domesticate her daughter and instilled a fiercely independent streak in Amelia
Before there was a Women in Archaeology podcast, the CRM Archaeology Podcast was taken over by a panel of women for two, two-part recordings. IF you want to know where the WIA Podcast roots lay, give these gems a listen.
I present a woman who was the first and best in her field. Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter, Geologist, Naturalist. Provider of rare fossils to the great minds of her day, and the first person to discover the ichthyosaur and the plesiosaur.
In our second episode the panel discuses why they created the show and what they hope to give and get out of it. They also discuss the importance of breaking preset expectations about a show with word Women in it is about.
There is so much that has been written about this incredibly stunning woman. I'm not even going to try to and repeat it all, rather I'll just link you to one of the better posts about her which is Elizabeth Kerri Mahon's post over at Scandalous Women. She gives a very thorough recounting of Stanhope's life.