Boston: Series of events to celebrate Women's History Month

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement today announced a series of events celebrating Women's History. All events will be conducted virtually, in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance. View a full list of events.

"In Boston, our values are clear: we believe in empowering all women and protecting their rights," said Mayor Walsh. "Women's History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate and honor all that women do for our city. I strongly encourage all Bostonians to attend our events to learn and further recognize the contributions women have made to society. Thank you to all of our partners for your support in celebrating this important month."

"During Women's History Month and throughout the year, we celebrate and commemorate women's important role in our society and their achievements in history, science, culture, education and the arts," said Alexandra Valdez, Executive Director of Women's Advancement. "The City of Boston continues to work toward achieving gender equality through economic equity and supporting the childcare sector, ending commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking and representing women's contributions to public life."

Additionally, the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement is opening a call for submissions for their Extraordinary Woman Award, which will honor women's contribution to public life in Boston. Individuals will be selected throughout the year. The Extraordinary Woman Award was created in 2018 to highlight women from different backgrounds, who've made an impact in a number of sectors, including civic engagement, STEM initiatives, and gender equity. To learn more about past honorees, visit here. The award is open to all self-identifying women. To nominate someone, visit here.

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March 5 - 6, 2021 BIWOC Gathering Circle Virtual Conference with Asian Women for Health and Fenway Health

The conference will consist of a keynote address, panels, affinity group sessions, 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.
March 8, 2021

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11:30 am - 1pm
23rd Annual Boston-Area International Women's Day Virtual Brunch,  Resilience and Regeneration: A Racial Justice and Feminist Recovery with the Boston-Area International Women's Day Committee

Informative discussion 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 and 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 SEIU 509

Rep. Chynah Tyler, Chair of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus
March 18,

3 pm - 4 pm
Strong Girls, Strong Women with the Age Strong Commission and Girls Give Back

An intergenerational discussion showing the passion to get involved knows no age. Seniors will exchange stories with some of Boston's youth and of how they can work together.
TBDWomxn's History: Elevating Trans Women with the Office of Diversity

Chastity Bowick, Executive Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts, shares her experience as the leader of Massachusetts' only organization dedicated to supporting low-income and homeless Transgender individuals. The important contributions of Trans Women and Non-Binary individuals.


March 22, 2021

9 am - 10 am
It's Her Time: Women Entrepreneur Report Release with Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and Deloitte

The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and Deloitte release their report, It's Her Time: Women Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts with findings around current trends for women small business owners in the Boston area, followed by a panel discussion.
March 31, 2021

12 pm - 1 pm
CEASE Webinar Series: Ending Sexual Exploitation in Boston with Shaplaie Brooks of Roxbury Youth Works' BUILD Program

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 4-part webinar series hosted by members of the coalition to show the impacts of commercial sexual exploitation in Boston.

Other City of Boston departments will be hosting events throughout March.

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BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Throughout the month of March the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will highlight the contributions that various women have made to the Parks system in the City of Boston, in recognition of Women's History Month. The department will highlight parks and playgrounds named after fearless women, concert series that have brought communities together in our parks, and various landmarks throughout the city. Women have played a vital role in shaping our parks system. For a full list of featured women, visit Boston.gov/Parks, or follow along on social media @BostonParksDept.

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Each day this month, the Boston Public Library will be offering daily book recommendations by women authors via Twitter (@BPLBoston). Patrons can view the full list at http://bit.ly/BPLWomensHistory2021.

The library is also offering several events throughout the month to honor women's history including:
For a complete list of events happening throughout Women's History Month, visit boston.gov/womens-history or follow @BostonWomen (https://twitter.com/BostonWomen) on Twitter.

ABOUT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF WOMEN'S ADVANCEMENT

The Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement creates specific programming and opportunities that support three priority areas: economic equity, safety, and empowerment, and representation. Some of the office's most recent work includes research on paid parental leave and childcare affordability; a multi-pronged approach to closing the gender pay gaps; reducing the demand for commercial sexual exploitation; and creating specific programming for women entrepreneurs. Learn more here (http://boston.gov/women).stats

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