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Project Continua will be accessible and contributable by everyone. The core of Project Continua is the “female biography” archive, searchable content containing individual entries for each woman, including up-to-date scholarship on their life trajectories, their work, and the new knowledge they produced. Project Continua will also act as a virtual workspace in which students can connect and collaborate with scholars, experiment with ideas, share research, and initiate new scholarship about historically significant women. Background – Project Continua is an initiative of the enthusiastic collaborative community that has been assembled by Gina Luria Walker, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at New School University, to produce the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays’s groundbreaking Female Biography; or, memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women from All Ages and Countries (1803) to be published by Pickering & Chatto in 2013, 2014. At present, there are 125 scholars and 30 student researchers, representing 90 institutions in 14 countries and 5 continents, burnishing the “female biographies” of the 300 iconoclastic women Hays included. The passionate outpouring of new information about these women, and others that Hays did not know to include, persuades that this is the moment to create an interactive archive so that as long as electronic memory endures, they will never again be forgotten.

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