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Women's History Month

Join the City of Boston in celebrating women's contributions to Boston's history throughout the month of March! 

You can celebrate Women's History Month around the City of Boston by attending the events below.

2021 featured events

2021 featured events
Black, Indigenous and Women* of Color (BIWOC) GATHERING CIRCLE | Virtual Conference

March 5 - 6, 2021

The conference will consist of a:

  • keynote address and panels
  • affinity group sessions, and
  • opportunities to participate in facilitated afternoon wellness activities, recognizing the strengths and challenges of BIWOC women.

Limited community tickets available. For inquiries, contact bostonwomen@boston.gov

23rd Annual Boston Area International Women's Day Breakfast

March 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us for "Resilience and Regeneration: A Racial Justice and Feminist Recovery". The informative discussion will take place among women leaders in government, business, and advocacy. Our panelists will discuss what a racial justice and feminist recovery from the pandemic could look like. We'll also talk about specific strategies for achieving the future we want.

Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB CityLine moderates a panel with:

  • Nia Grace, Owner Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen
  • Jynai McDonald, Director of Family Child Care for SEUI 509
  • Rep. Chynah Tyler, Chair of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus
Strong GIRLS, Strong WOMEN

March 18, 2021 3 - 4 p.m.

An intergenerational discussion showing the passion to get involved knows no age. Seniors from the Age Strong Commission will exchange stories with some of Boston’s youth leaders from Girls Give Back. They'll share experiences of coming of age in unique times. They'll also discuss how different generations can work together to change their communities.

'It's Her Time: Women Entrepreneur' REPORT RELEASE

March 22, 2021, 9 - 10 a.m.

The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and Deloitte released a report called, "It’s Her Time: Women Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts". There will be a discussion about the report and its findings around current trends for women small business owners in the Boston area. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Womxn’s History: Elevating TranswomXn

POSTPONED: Check back for more details

Chastity Bowick is executive Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts. She will share her experience as the leader of Massachusetts’ only organization dedicated to supporting low-income and homeless transgender individuals. The important contributions of transwomen and non-binary individuals.

CEASE Webinar Series: Ending Sexual Exploitation in Boston

March 31, 2021, 1 - 2 p.m.

Collaborative Efforts Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) is a partnership between:

  • the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement
  • the Human Rights Commission
  • the Boston Police Department
  • local survivor leaders, and
  • community partners.

CEASE will host a four-part webinar series hosted by members of the coalition. The series will show the impacts of commercial sexual exploitation in Boston.

Women and Boston parks

The Boston Parks Department is marking Women’s History Month by lifting up the stories behind the names of some of your favorite neighborhood parks.

Women and Boston parks

Boston Public Library

Each day this month, the Boston Public Library will be offering daily book recommendations by women authors via Twitter at @BPLBoston. Patrons can view the full list online:

Women's History Month booklist

Boston Public Library events

The library is offering several events throughout the month to honor women’s history, including:

A Virtual Tour: Women's Heritage Trail

About the month

History

March is recognized in the United States as Women’s History Month. Congress has granted the president permission and asked that they observe Women’s History Month since 1987. Though each year, the president must officially declare the observation. It's assumed protocol for the president to release a statement at the end of February to start the month.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been celebrated in some form since 1909. In 1977, the United Nations passed a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day of Women’s Rights and International Peace. All member countries observe the day, which typically falls on March 8.

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