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Happy Women’s History Month! Boston has seen many trailblazing women in its history, from Abigail Adams and Phillis Wheatley to Melnea Cass and Ayanna Pressley. This month there are lots of ways to celebrate women’s history both past and present in the city and we’ve rounded up the best of them for you here.
Women Leaders Paint & Sip
When: Wed, 3/16
Info: Head to Time Out Market to flex your artistic skills on pre-drawn images of female leaders and creative trailblazers like Frida Kahlo, Kamala Harris, Beyonce, and Lauryn Hill. While you’re working on your masterpiece you can participate in a themed bingo game and sip a complimentary cocktail.
Women’s History Month Pop-up Market
When: Fri, 3/25 – Sun, 3/27
Where: East Cambridge
Info: Shop more than 25 local, female-owned businesses at this celebratory pop-up shop. Browse clothing, accessories, body care products, art and other one-of-a-kind items while learning the stories of the business women participating.
Women Take the Reel Film Festival
When: Fri, 3/4 – Wed, 3/30
Where: Various locations
Info: Universities around Boston are coming together to celebrate female filmmakers with the Women Take the Reel Festival. Watch a screening virtually or at one of the participating schools and then engage in a talkback about equity in the industry.
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
Where: Greater Boston
Info: For three decades the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail has worked tirelessly to preserve and uplift women’s history in the city. By taking a self-guided tour through the Heritage Trail, you can learn the stories of Boston’s most fearless female residents.
Drawing Together with Veronica Robles
When: Thu, 3/17
Info: Put your pencil to paper in this live figure drawing class accented by a vibrant performance from local artist Veronica Robles. Robles is a Latinx cultural icon in Boston known for pioneering the all-female mariachi band and for her cultural community activism.
Dresses over the Decades: Women's Fashion in the Nineteenth Century
When: Tue, 3/22
Info: Two historical fashion experts from The Gibson House will lead this virtual talk about women’s fashion in the nineteenth century. Using examples from their collection, the lecturers will also explore how clothing has historically been used to empower, or alternatively, disempower women.
"Renaissance" - An International Women's Day Exhibit
When: Mon, 3/7 – Fri, 3/11
Where: Fresh Pond
Info: “Renaissance,” an exhibition hosted by the Consulate General of France in Boston, highlights female, Franco-American artists living in New England. Here cultural differences become secondary to artistic talent and the global effort for women’s empowerment.
Female Wine Producers Tasting
When: Fri, 3/11
Where: South End
Info: As of 2020, the percentage of female winemakers in California’s flourishing industry was only 14%. This tasting addresses the industry inequity by celebrating wines crafted by female vintners and sharing the stories of each maker throughout the tasting.
Free Tours for Women at Nichols House Museum
When: Sat, 3/12
Where: Beacon Hill
Info: On Saturday, March 12, the Nichols House Museum is offering free tours of the historic property to women. The Nichols family history is filled with powerful and unusual women and you’ll learn their stories on a guided tour of the home.
Boston Women's Market at Night Shift Brewing
When: Sun, 3/13
Info: Head to Night Shift Brewing for a spectacular celebration of women. Shop a diverse array of local, female-owned businesses while sipping on Night Shift’s latest brew, a triple IPA named Strongest Female Lead. A portion of all proceeds from the beer go towards the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Miss Jewett and Mrs. Fields, a Boston Marriage
When: Sun, 3/23
Info: Boston Marriage is a nineteenth century term referring to two women living together independently of men. In this talk the concept and cultural history is explored through the relationship of the artistic queer couple that inspired the term.
The Bluest Eye
When: Fri, 1/28 – Sat, 3/26
Where: South End
Info: Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ centers the lives of young, Black women in a profound and culture-shifting way. In this intimate stage adaptation at The Huntington, you’ll hear the story of Pecola, a young girl who believes the world would be wonderful if she had blue eyes.
Photo: Boston Women's Memorial by Reading Tom