Women's Photo Exhibit on Display at City Hall through Mar. 31


3/21/2011

Mayor David P. Maher hosted a reception for Women's History Month that included photo exhibit.

The Women’s History Month Photo Exhibit explores the impact women have had on the lives of City employees.  This exhibit is a joint project with the Cambridge City Employees’ Committee on Diversity. For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 617-349-4321. 

For those who may be interested in this topic of women in Cambridge history, please visit the Cambridge Women's Heritage Project (CWHP) Website, www.cambridgema.gov/cwhp. This project is dedicated to developing programs to recognize past and present contributions of Cambridge women from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The CWHP’s Website was designed to honor Cambridge women and women’s organizations and to assist women’s history researchers. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Website to recommend women or organizations that have impacted individual lives and the Cambridge community as well as for those who have made lasting contributions in such fields as science, arts, business, labor, health care, culture, education, and/or government. The Website's database of women and women's organizations recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women from the early days of Cambridge to the present. There are currently over 400 women and women's organizations that have been nominated to the database.  Approximately 150 have been edited and are now made available on this Website.  This is our attempt to write women into history and honor their lives and recognize their many accomplishments.

Additionally, there is a permanent public artwork display at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, called Filament/Firmament. Created by longtime Cambridge resident and acclaimed sculptor Ellen Driscoll, this project is a collaboration of the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Cambridge Public Library, and is a living memorial that honors the contributions of women to the life of the city. Using etched glass, perforated zinc panels, woven cable, text and textile imagery, Filament/Firmament metaphorically represents the oldest and most universal of women’s activities – weaving and sewing. Visit http://filamentfirmament.org/.

Additional related City department Websites of interest:
Cambridge Women's Commission, www.cambridgewomenscommission.org/
Cambridge Historical Commission, www2.cambridgema.gov/Historic/   
Cambridge Arts Council, www2.cambridgema.gov/cac/
Cambridge Public Library, www.cambridgema.gov/cpl

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