What does a paleontologist look like?
Does digging for fossils in dusty badlands conjure images of khaki-wearing, whiskered men?
The Bearded Lady Project confronts public stereotypes of scientists by celebrating inspirational, adventurous women who have dedicated their lives to paleontology, searching for clues about past life on Earth.
These images harken back to the stylized photographs of male paleontologists in historical texts. The beard, a potent symbol of masculinity, is added to the women's portraits to highlight the inequities and prejudices that persist in the sciences.
The Bearded Lady Project seeks to educate the public and inspire the same recognition and respect for women in the sciences that their male colleagues typically receive.