Amisha Padnani is the digital editor of The Time’s obituaries desk and the leader of a new project called “Women We Overlooked”. Why the obituaries? Padnani shared this explanation, “I think who gets remembered and how inherently involves judgement, its news judgement but it’s still some form of judgement. And to look back at the obituary archives can paint a picture of what society values and who.
If you look at The Times obituaries it has long been dominated by white men. And it wasn’t until it was discovered that the obituaries of history making women like Mary Ewing, the woman who brought tennis to the United States, Diane Arbus, Sylvia Plath, and Ida B. Wells were never logged into The Times that it cemented the idea to create the Times platform for “Women We Overlooked”.
The “Women We Overlooked” project is a podcast featuring people from the biggest stories in history that were not recorded in The Times obituaries. The stories are told by the best journalists in the world and hosted by Michael Barbaro. It’s twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready every morning by 6 a.m.
The other leaders on the project are Caitlin Dickerson, a national reporter for The Times and Michelle Duster, a professor at Columbia College Chicago and a great granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.