Joan and  Anne to appear on Museopunks podcast at the AAM Alliance Labs this fall talking about their new book, Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace.  Watch for it!

LEADERSHIP MATTERS Chosen for The Museum Blog Book

This week we learned that Leadership Matters was chosen by for its new book on museum blogs. For more about the project click here: The Museum Blog Book


On the blog Art Museum Teaching Mike Murawski writes, “Last week, Joan Baldwin wrote an insightful and widely-read piece entitled “Museums and the Salary Conundrum” via the Leadership Matters blog — a site that emerged in conjunction with the 2013 book of the same name written with Anne Ackerson and studying museum leadership in history and cultural heritage organizations. In her post, Baldwin so clearly and boldly frames the problem of museum salaries:

“we work in an underpaid, under-resourced field. And for too long, too many people have told us that it is such a privilege to participate, that we should suck it up, deal with the fact that we’re thirty and still need roommates to pay the rent, and revel in the fact that we have a museum position.”

Joan quickly followed her post with another this week entitled “The Salary Agenda,” in which she and Anne take a stab at what they think a Museum Salary Agenda for the 21st Century could look like. I really appreciated this action-focused series of items, which can begin to help the conversation focus on real change — from professional organizations and institutions to graduate programs and individuals. Here is a quick repost of their Agenda, and I invite everyone to read their entire post and add comments to the already-active conversation on their blog.

In his post, “Creativity and Leadership”, at The New York History Blog, Bruce Dearstyne writes that Leadership Matters’ “… most notable feature is the inclusion of the experiences of three dozen leaders whom the authors interviewed for the book. These leaders explain how they became leaders, the challenges they faced, how they addressed them, and how their leadership styles evolved over the years. Their stories are insightful and revealing.”


September 6-8, 2017: American Association for State and Local History Annual Conference, Austin, TX. Anne and Joan reprise their popular Workplace Confidential panel discussion  on gender equity issues from the AAM conference.

May 7-10, 2017:  American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference, St. Louis.  Joan and Anne, along with several of their new book’s interviewees, will be sharing personal insights about the expectations and realities of gender equity in the museum workplace. If you’d like to meet up with us, send Anne an email:


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