This year’s Museum Week honors women integral to the development of museums

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This year’s Museum Week honors women integral to the development of museums

This year’s Museum Week honors women integral to the development of museums

This year’s Museum Week honors women integral to the development of museums around the world. Anthropologist, explorer, writer, teacher, and overall trailblazer Margaret Mead—seen here in her USPS commemorative stamp—taught Americans the value of looking at other cultures to understand the complexity of the human experience. She joined the Museum in 1926 at the age of 25 as an assistant curator. Two years later, she published her best-selling book Coming of Age in Samoa, which introduced readers to the importance of looking carefully and open-mindedly at other cultures, and which is still taught in anthropology classrooms today. In 1942, Dr. Mead was promoted to associate curator, and she worked in the Museum’s Division of Anthropology until her death in 1978. Her work is largely responsible for the acquisition of the treasures in the hall that bears her name. #amnh #margaretmead #womeninscience #museumweek #trailblazers #anthropology #culture #stamp

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