Boston’s Best Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013

March 4, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo from Boston Women's Heritage Trail/Facebook)

(Photo from Boston Women’s Heritage Trail/Facebook)

Women’s History Month is a worldwide celebration of the impacts women have made throughout history. It is great time to hear from female experts in a number of fields, support the betterment of women everywhere, celebrate the lives of historic women and just celebrate womanhood in general. This year the theme of the month, according to the National Women’s History Project, is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination.” Perhaps needless to say, Boston has plenty to say about that topic.
(Photo from Boston Women's Heritage Trail/Facebook)

(Photo from Boston Women’s Heritage Trail/Facebook)

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
Boston Educational Development Foundation
26 Court St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 522-2872
www.bwht.org

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.

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(Photo Credit: Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History)

(Photo Credit: Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History)

Celebrate Women’s History Month
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
235 Wellesley St.
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-8367
www.spellman.org

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!

(photo courtesy: Mount Auburn Cemetery)

(photo courtesy: Mount Auburn Cemetery)

Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-7105
www.mountauburn.org

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.

Julia Child (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Julia Child (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sitting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition
Schlesinger Library
10 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-8647
www.radcliffe.harvard.edu

Hours: Through Mar. 22 – Mon to Fri; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Price: Free

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

Museum of Science

Innovative Engineers
Museum of Science
1 Museum Of Science Driveway
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-2500
www.mos.org

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.

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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.

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