The Semantic Web as made real with lightweight means such as LOD and Microforms means that an inclusive, broad knowledge of who we are may finally be at hand.
The Semantic Web addresses “context” by providing behind-the-scenes mark-up to note “relationship” information in a form that search engines like Google and Bing are increasingly paying attention to. We can record information such as “Gertrude Elion was a scientist” and “Gertrude Elion won the Nobel Prize” in ways that the search engines and other Semantic Web tools (when they appear) will be able to understand and combine with other semantic information around the web in order to answer search queries more subtly and more completely.
Think of how much this changes the way that people can understand the world.
In essense, the Semantic Web means that we don’t have to wait for someone to use the information we provide to write women into history; once that information is properly coded and on the web, and as browsers and search engines take better advantage of this technology, we are writing women directly into search results.