Max Dashu feminist historian and artist
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 20,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. (For titles and descriptions, see the online catalog.) Read some of the enthusiastic responses to these dynamic presentations here. Her work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies.
Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Her critique of Cynthia Eller’s The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory(2000) has opened up space for objective consideration of the evidence for egalitarian matrilineages.(“Knocking Down Straw Dolls” (2000), republished in Feminist Theology 13.2 (2005), Sage Publications, UK). Two of her articles were published in Goddesses in World Mythology (Praeger, 2010).