Networking Early Modern Women

Networking Early Modern Women
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Call for Participation: Networking Early Modern Women

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, 10:30 AM - 4 PM EST

A multisite meetup and add-a-thon, taking place at Carnegie Mellon University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and online

Live streamed keynote Address by Amanda Herbert, " "Networking Women: Female Alliances in Early Modern Britain"

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The Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (Six Degrees) project, in association with Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Consortium and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, invite you to participate in Networking Early Modern Women, a day-long, multi-site event dedicated to incorporating women and their relationships into the social networks of early modern Britain.  Taking place both online and in person on Saturday, January 23rd, the event will begin at 10:30 AM EST with a livestreamed, keynote address from Professor Amanda Herbert, author of Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain, a book recently named the best book of 2015 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.  Participants in this meetup and add-a-thon will learn how to contribute women and their relationships to before joining with like-minded participants to help enrich our collaborative picture of Britain’s early modern social network.




Networking Early Modern Women aims to equip participants with the time, training, and motivation to add women and their relationships to the collaborative reconstruction of early modern Britain at  We will gather at Carnegie Mellon’s Hunt Library, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and online (via the Twitter hashtag #NetworkingWomen and Slack) to weave as many women as we can into Six Degrees.




Women in 1500-1700 were half the population, and were indispensable nodes in news networks, print networks, food networks, court networks, literary networks, epistolary networks, support networks, and religious networks—in short, all networks.  However, women make up only 6% of the corresponding entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).  As a result, there are far fewer women than men in Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (885 vs. 12,557).  All but 5.5% of the relationships in Six Degrees are male-male. Though we at Six Degrees have been drawing attention to these biases for a while, the urgency is clear: reconstructing the full network of early modern Britain requires concerted action to repair the imbalance in representation of women's lives and relationships.


What: Networking Early Modern Women, a meetup and add-a-thon featuring a keynote by Prof. Amanda Herbert


Who: Anyone with an interest in gender parity, early modern studies, digital humanities, and/or historical social networks


Where:  Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Room 1A; Folger Shakespeare Library; online via #NetworkingWomen and


When: Saturday, January 23rd, 10:30 AM - 4 PM EST




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