One of the lovely things about being an archivist is that you come across all sorts of cool and unexpected stuff, and I had a really ‘Awwww’ moment today.
I’m currently sorting and cataloguing the extremely copious papers of a distinguished woman scientist, who not only went on being research-active into her ninth and tenth decades, but was also involved in activism around radiation risks through giving evidence in law-cases, speaking to campaigning groups, participating in radio and tv programmes, etc.
I suppose I might have guessed, given her interests and track record, that there’d have been some involvement with the Greenham Peace Women. I discovered today that she provided scientific evidence for the defence in one of the legal cases.
But what I found particularly charming and endearing was that she, at that time a woman in her 80s with a still very hectic career as a scientist and international activist, was also on the organising group for a Women’s Rock Concert in support of the Greenham Camp. Bless her.