This week, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has issued a new digital booklet, Historic Women Trailblazers of Massachusetts, highlighting contributions made by women in the Commonwealth over the past three centuries.
The 40-page digital booklet is being released to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. In total, 72 women are featured in Trailblazers, spanning the 18th to 20th centuries. The women come from all walks of life, from teachers and scientists to writers and artists, as well as the leading advocates for suffrage and the right to vote.
MOTT Executive Director Keiko Matsudo Orrall wrote in the greeting, “Massachusetts is proud of its history, arts, diverse communities, regional cuisine, scenic beauty, sports teams and colleges, and now we invite you to learn about the Historic Women Trailblazers of Massachusetts. As you read about the Trailblazers, please take the opportunity to visit the numerous attractions, memorials, and historic sites associated with these extraordinary women in every region of the Commonwealth.”
A two-page interactive map in the booklet points readers to the Massachusetts places where visitors can learn more, according to MOTT Director of Partnership Marketing and Trailblazers Editor Phyllis Cahaly.
August is National Women’s Suffrage Month, and a variety of organizations are commemorating the occasion with special events, exhibits, online conversations and digital products. These include the Commonwealth Museum in Boston and the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams and national groups such as the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Site and the National Archives.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Suffrage100MA is organizing Women’s Equality Day 2020 with a live broadcast at 6 p.m. A number of women’s organizations are joining with Governor Charlie Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and other elected officials to celebrate the official signing of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago to the day.
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