This International Women’s Day, The New York Times is honoring game-changing, but often forgotten, women in a special way.
In the past 170-plus years, the newspaper has published thousands of obituaries. But up until now, they’ve mostly featured esteemed white men. The Times says that even in the past two years, just over one in five obituaries featured a female.
“Overlooked” is a new history project that features the obituaries of 15 women who made significant contributions to society but went disregarded by the newspaper at the time of their death. The goal is to tell their stories now, inspiring diversity in and outside of journalism.
The “Overlooked” list currently features renowned author and poet Sylvia Plath and lesser-known women like Mary Ewing Outerbridge (who brought tennis to the U.S.) and Henrietta Lacks (who unknowingly played a critical role in medical research). Each week, writers will add more women to the list and eventually move beyond females.
You can submit nominations for future “Overlooked” obituaries here.