Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Geography and Geology

Document Type



For much of history, women have lived in male-dominated societies, which has limited their participation in society. The field of cartography has been largely populated by men, but despite cultural obstacles, there are records of women significantly contributing over the past 1,000 years. Historically, women have faced coverture, stereotypes, lack of opportunities, and lack of recognition for their accomplishments. Their involvement in cartography is often a result of education or valuable experiences, availability of resources, a supportive community or mentor, hard work, and luck regardless of when and where they lived.

This research divides women before and after the turn of the 20th century. Around this time, women started to receive more freedoms and rights in society but still experienced life differently than their male counterparts. Although largely ignored, there has recently been more interest in studying the forgotten women of cartographic history. This research aims to show how women were able to overcome historical obstacles and the importance of their contributions to the field in the hope that more researchers will understand and appreciate the female half of cartographic history.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Amy Nemon, M.Sc., GISP


Geography | History | Other Geography | Women's Studies

Llamas-Owens_Eva_Additional File.pdf (12232 kB)
Female Cartographers