We thought carefully about how to represent the women when we were recording the podcasts. Some married, some didn’t, and some took different titles, which changed the names they were known by. In most cases it would have been culturally appropriate at the time and in the places they lived to have addressed them all by their formal titles and surnames, married or not. However, we wanted to ensure that these women were recognised for their own achievements, in their own right. To make them a little more accessible and so we might connect to their experiences more easily, we therefore decided to call them all by their first names rather than their surnames, married names or formal titles.
We welcome all thoughts on this!