#GAReads | She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She's Been Identified
Last week, hundreds of people were engaged in a search for a woman named Sheila.
It began when an illustrator’s investigation into the archives of marine legislation turned into a very different kind of historical deep dive.
Candace Jean Andersen wanted to write a picture book about the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, so she asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for some information.
It sent her an article on the subject. There, buried in dozens of pages of dense text, was a photograph of attendees at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia, a gathering of some of the most prominent experts in marine biology.