It's Women's History Month, meaning the Internet is full of inspiring stories about unsung female heroes and infuriating comments about how devoting 31 days a year to those stories discriminates against men.
But the next time someone complains to you about the lack of a Men's History Month ("It's only fair!"), send them over to Pantheon — an "interactive catalogue of fame" created by the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab — and maybe they'll start to get why "men's history month" would be pretty redundant.
The project, whose website recently went live, is "compiling, analyzing and visualizing datasets that can help us understand the process of global cultural development." In laymen's terms, they're tallying lists of the most famous people to have lived from 4,000 B.C. to 2010 (nearly all of recorded history). And in the rankings of the top 100 most famous people overall, there are only eight women.
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