Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
Boston Educational Development Foundation
26 Court St.
Boston, MA 02108
Boston’s Women’s Heritage Trail is not a trail like the Freedom Trail, though it organizes and maps such trails for interested visitors. It is an organization committed to sharing women’s history in Boston. Visitors can arrange guided tours for a fee by contacting the organization via its website. They can also guide themselves on these tours for free with the help of the BWHT website, which lists 16 tours and the stops along them.
Celebrate Women’s History Month
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
235 Wellesley St.
Weston, MA 02493
Hours: Mar. 16 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $5 children 5 to 16/$5 seniors and students/$8 adults
The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History is a very family-friendly place to learn about the women in this niche. Every child visitor gets a packet of stamps for free. The museum has an international collection of postal stamps and other post-related history memorabilia. Some of it features great women or female institutions, such as the Girl Scouts. There’s even a dress made out of stamps here!
Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours: Mar. 23 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Price: $5 members/ $10 non-members
This celebration of imaginative women in history begins at the entrance to Mount Auburn Cemetery. Sadly, the women that visitors will learn about on this tour have passed, but they have been laid to rest in this beautiful city cemetery where visitors can learn about the contributions they have made to science, technology and more. Among the women on this tour are Williamina Fleming, Helen Tausig and Katherine Burr Blodgett. They were, respectively, an astronomer, a cardiologist and a physicist — some of the most demanding fields in science.
Sitting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition
10 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours: Through Mar. 22 – Mon to Fri; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Julia Child was an outstanding public personality and a woman who was largely responsible for bringing gourmet food and daring cooking into America’s kitchens. She made it okay to stop serving up American dishes and start making taste buds sing with French cooking. In this exhibit, Child’s life, and consequently that of her loving and loved husband Paul, is outlined from World War II to her time cooking for millions in a small kitchen in Massachusetts. It is a thorough collection that is a must-see for fans of Julia, cooking television and food in general.
Museum of Science
1 Museum Of Science Driveway
Boston, MA 02114
In a fortuitous coincidence, the Museum of Science, Boston has an entire exhibit dedicated to innovations in engineering. Of course, there are several women celebrated in this exhibit. Come learn about chemist Stephanie Kwolek and iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner. The exhibit focuses on how these women (along with a few men) in engineering were curious in childhood and went on to make global change. Be sure to check out the rest of the museum, as there are mini exhibits tied in with Innovative Engineers in other major exhibits.
Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.