On 8th March, every year around the world, International Women’s Day brings about a reason to celebrate the achievements made by women throughout history and the present day. From social achievements to cultural and political accomplishments, millions of people globally support the day and try to raise more awareness about women’s rights. To show their support, many people actively campaign, volunteer, or donate, but there are many other ways you can support at any time of the year and even learn a little bit of history at the same time. One such way you can show your support for International Women’s Day is by educating yourself and learning about some of the most famous monuments and statues of women across the US. Let’s explore this in more detail.
1. Boston Women’s Heritage Trail – Boston, Massachusetts
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The first on this list is the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail because there is so much to see here! It is unique in that it is not just one statue, but instead offers you are an assortment of walking tours that take you around Boston. You will explore several neighborhoods on the trails, including Back Bay and Beacon Hill. If you were to take the Beacon Hill tour, some of the female statues that you will come across during your tour include:
- Rose Nichols – one of the first well-known architects of her time
- Elizabeth Peabody’s Kindergarten – the founder of the kindergarten movement
- Annie Adams Fields – known for her support of women writers
This tour explores so much more (there are 18 different monuments to see in total) and gives you an insight into the lives these women-led. The self-guided tour should take you around an hour and a half to complete.
2. The Maria Mitchell Association – Nantucket, Massachusetts
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Maria Mitchell first found an interest in astronomy thanks to her father, and she went on to become the first professional woman astronomer in the USA. Her love for astronomy resulted in her educating herself as well as researching the skies at the New York women’s college. Her dedicated work went on to inspire students and her own family, who set up the Maria Mitchell Association, which allows people of all ages to come and learn more about astronomy. The non-profit museum has expanded over the years and welcomes people to learn more about Maria Mitchell as well as the research she completed.
3. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The American born artist, Georgia O’Keefe, was known for her independent spirit and her skilled artwork that saw her become a pioneer of her time, or as many know her, as the “mother” of American Modernism. This is because she didn’t paint what she saw; instead, she painted how the landscape before her made her feel. The unique way she painted resulted in her quickly becoming a female role model for many and developing a reputation that still stands today, for she changed modern art forever. Eleven years after the death of the renowned artist, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum was first opened in 1997 and now offers nine different themed galleries of her work. A trip to the museum will provide more than just an opportunity to admire her completed work, but also how it was carried out. You can learn about the creative processes she took to achieve her work.
4. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site – Hyde Park, New York
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Eleanor Roosevelt served as the First Lady of the United States between 1933 and 1945 beside her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She is the only First Lady to serve four terms in office, so if you want to show your support for women, then there couldn’t be a better place than the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. It will give you a deeper understanding of both the private and public life she led while at Val-Kill, which is the only National Historic Site that is dedicated to a first lady. There is a permanent exhibit devoted to her, but there are several different events that are held throughout the year as well.
5. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – Fort Worth, Texas
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When you want to broaden your knowledge of the historic monuments dedicated to women, then this is the place to go. This museum is dedicated to honoring the women of the American West. Filled with exhibits and a rare collection of photos, not to mention a research library, which allows you to learn even more about these amazing women, it has documented some of the most famous women, such as Sacagawea, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Enid Justin.