Decolonising museums has become a popular issue in recent years as many museums have recognised the need to address how they have historically perpetuated colonialism and exclusion. One way in which museums can work towards gender diversity and inclusion is by actively seeking and amplifying the voices and perspectives of women and under-represented groups. This can be done through exhibitions, programming, and hiring practices that prioritise diverse perspectives and experiences. An important aspect of decolonising museums is re-evaluating how artefacts and collections are presented and interpreted. Museums have often reinforced patriarchal and colonial narratives in the past, and it is important to work actively towards a more inclusive and equitable representation of history. This can include re-contextualising artefacts to highlight the perspectives and contributions of marginalised groups, as well as actively seeking and acquiring artefacts that represent a more diverse range of perspectives. This paper will examine examples of museums that have successfully started decolonising their spaces through exhibitions on matriarchal societies and/or the representation of women in the Ancient World, with a focus on the American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum.
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