Women's History Month and International Women's Day Local Events
From: Shield, Emily (eshieldcambridgema.gov)
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:25:24 -0800 (PST)

Dear Cambridge Women’s Commission community supporter,


Along with the promise of spring time, Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are right around the corner.  The Women’s Commission has been busy planning, organizing, co-chairing and promoting many exciting events in the next month.  These events will challenge the way you think, help you see the world in a different light, engage you in community change, teach you something new and hopefully inspire and connect you with the worldwide community of women who are doing wonderful and moving  things both locally and in faraway places.


Below is a list of events that we are working on and supporting.  If you’d like more information about any of these events, including RSVP information if not included, please let me know and I am happy to share with you. 


We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events in the coming weeks. Please share these events with your networks.


Thanks so much.


Emily and Kimberly

Cambridge Women’s Commission


February 26 – Cambridge Question Campaign Against Domestic Violence Community Event

4:30-7:30pm, Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge

A project began in the summer of 2012 to “question” domestic violence in Cambridge.  The “21 Days of Questions; 365 Days of Action” campaign engaged people from all over the city, individuals and representatives from different communities, neighborhood groups, city departments, businesses, schools, and faith groups and collected more than 1000 questions about domestic violence in six different languages.   Join us as we look at the questions, decide priorities, and help narrow them down into areas for taking action in 2013 and beyond. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a member of the “21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action” Planning Committee.


March 4 – Screening of Not My Life, followed by panel discussion on Human Trafficking

5pm Reception, 6pm Film Screening, 7:30pm Panel Discussion, MCLE Auditorium, 10 Winter Place, Boston

The Cambridge Women’s Commission is co-sponsoring an event of the Women's Forum @ the United Nations Association of Greater Boston for a reception, film screening, and panel discussion of "Not My Life," a documentary on global human trafficking.  Panelists include: Siddharth Kara: Fellow on Human Trafficking, Carr Center of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. More information on the documentary: http://notmylife.org/ and to RSVP http://wfiwd2013.eventbrite.com/


March 5 – Miss Representation to Mass Representation: Educating for Change

6-pm University of Massachusetts – Boston, Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A

This documentary screening of Miss Representation is part of an educational pilot program that seeks to address media bias against women and deep-rooted sexism against women in leadership. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of women’s underrepresentation in politics in Massachusetts and across the nation. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a co-sponsor of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy event.


March 6 – Panel Discussion: Women in Non-Traditional Jobs in Cambridge

6:30-8pm  Frisoli Youth Center, 61 Willow St  Cambridge

Women in Cambridge who work in a variety of non-traditional jobs will share their experiences with teen girls in honor of International Women’s Day. Included on the panel is a police officer, plumber, firefighter, scientist, DPW worker and carpenter.  The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a co-chair of the event as part of the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project.


March 7 - Women and Words   Healthy Aging in Cambridge: Expanding Housing Options for Women

7–8:30pm   Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Introductory remarks by Mayor Henrietta Davis.  Ellen Kokinda will talk about Cambridge’s Silver Ribbon Commission Report and its focus on housing and creating more options for women to age in the community. Women & Words is a quarterly series hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Commission


March 7 - A Forum on Immigrant Rights

9:30am–12:00noon   Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave, Cambridge

Come and hear a panel of experts discuss information about homes and lead paint discrimination, immigrant access to housing and public benefits, discrimination on the job, landlord/tenant/wage issues, and the Secure Communities Program. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a co-sponsor of the event as a member of the Community Engagement Team


March 8 - 16th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, Women and Hunger: Putting food on the table

7:30–9:30am   Simmons College, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Boston

Hunger should not be a women's issue, but in the United States more women and children go hungry than any other demographic group. Households with low food security are often headed by single women. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a co-sponsor of the event as a member of the Boston Area International Women’s Day Planning Committee.


March 13 – Screening and discussion of “The Invisible War”

6:15pm Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Come see the Oscar-nominated film exposing the national scandal of sexual violence among US military personnel, then stay for an inspiring talkback that will help us all take action for change. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is presenting this movie in collaboration with Women, Action & the Media (WAM!).


March 14 – Lunch Discussion with Birtukan Mideksa

12pm, 344 Broadway, this event is for Cambridge City Employees

Birtukan Mideksa is the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow with a joint appointment with W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard Law School. A former judge and the leader of Ethiopia’s Unity and Democracy for Justice Party, Birtukan was among opposition activists who were jailed for life after the disputed 2005 election. They were pardoned, but Birtukan was sent back to prison after the government accused her of violating the terms of the pardon. She was released in October 2010. At Harvard, she studies the independence of the judiciary in closed societies. The Cambridge Women’s Commission is co-sponsoring the event as part of the Cambridge Employee Diversity Committee.


March 23 and 24 WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012

Movies throughout the day and evening. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

For more information and to see the lineup of films, visit www.womenactionmedia.org/events/wamit/bostonfilmfest/

The Cambridge Women’s Commission is a co-sponsor of the festival with WAM!  


March 23 – Women’s History Month Walking Tour at Mt. Auburn Cemetery: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Join Mt. Auburn Cemetery for its annual Women’s History Month Walking tour where they will celebrate the lives of some of these women buried at Mount Auburn who worked and were pioneers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Women include Katharine Burr Blodgett, Lois Lilley Howe, and Helen Meriweather Thomas and many others http://www.mountauburn.org/.


Emily Shield, Project Coordinator

Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women

51 Inman Street Cambridge, MA 02139





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