Women's History Month @ Museum of Boulder

Museum of Boulder Celebrates Women’s History Month

BOULDER, CO | February 20, 2019 – Throughout March, Americans commemorate Women’s History Month by highlighting women’s vital contributions to our history, culture and society. Throughout the month, the Museum of Boulder will offer educational and engaging programming for community members to learn about the women in our city whose accomplishments and influences are sometimes overlooked and frequently misunderstood. In addition to presentations and a film screening, the Museum will provide hands-on opportunities for community members to change the usual historical narratives to be more inclusive of female voices and stories through a Wikipedia training.

“Through my work at the Museum, I’ve noticed a persistent lack of female representation and an oversimplification of women’s accomplishments in general. By highlighting lesser known stories from Boulder’s past and present, I hope these programs add nuance and detail to our shared history and inspire participants to keep learning about the women who have contributed to Boulder’s unique history,” notes Megan Moriarty, the Museum’s Director of Community Engagement.

The Museum kicks-off Women’s History Month on March 7th, featuring Colorado outdoors women who helped to shape the modern culture of outdoor recreation and how they made Colorado’s outdoor industry—and the outdoors—a more welcoming space for women and families. It continues with the Museum’s unique Inclusipedia project where community members learn how to add and edit Wikipedia pages for women overlooked by this massive open-source reference on March 9th. This training day will conclude with a student and faculty performance of rare and seldom performed musical compositions by female African-American composers at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Music.

On March 13th, hear from local triathlete pioneer and former world champion Colleen Cannon about her life’s work to inspire and motivate women to achieve their goals. March 19th brings an interactive presentation about the trailblazing women of the temperance movement, their male allies, and how their progressive movement kept Boulder dry for decades. The final program on March 30th is a film screening of “Pioneers” that  explores the lives of four Colorado women artists who courageously confronted social stigma and prejudice in their pursuit of equal opportunity and artistic expression.

Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection.

To learn more about these programs, please visit www.museumofboulder.org/womenshistory.

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