Comedian, writer, actor, presenter, producer, and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, Sandi Toksvig challenges the worn-out truism that women are no good at maps. “Women have been airbrushed out of so much history and that includes the great mapmakers.”
Among Toksvig’s inspirational cartographers are Gertrude Bell; Phyllis Pearsall, who invented A-Z maps; and the tenth-century Spanish nun by the name of Ende, who created an extraordinary world map. “Or how about Shanawdithit, the last known living member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland, Canada, who died in 1829, perhaps just twenty-eight years old? She drew the most incredible and touching narrative maps in which she plotted the story of her people, their movements and clashes with settlers over many years, all drawn
with great geographical accuracy.”
Words by Eliza Apperly.
Find more in The Writer’s Map, a fascinating anthology of leading writers on the maps they love, the maps they use, and the maps that set them dreaming.