Events

Upcoming and Recent Events

2017

The Brass Sisters: America’s Favorite Home Bakers

June 19   7–8:30pm   344 Broadway, Community Room

Come hear Marilynn and Sheila Brass discuss their adventures, winding career paths, and escapades that led them to being cookbook authors and television baking celebrities. Free—refreshments provided!
(This is a joint Women+Words!, Women in Cambridge, and Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project event)

20th Annual 5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day

May 31   8:30am–1pm   Danehy Park

Women in Cambridge: WoW! Embrace spring and get inspired at the WoWtlet!

May 22   6pm   WoWtlet Boutique Cambridge, 1740 Massachusetts Ave.

Come explore this fun addition to Cambridge—hear from the owner, Alexa Grossman, about her business model and experiences, mingle, eat, drink, and explore the “wearable art”!

Women in Cambridge: Spring Tapas!

April 24   6pm   Casa B Restaurant, 253 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143

Join us as we venture over the border to Union Square and grab some tapas as Casa B. Co-owner Angelina will be sharing her story over their signature chips and dip.

Left on Pearl official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival

April 14   5:30–7:30pm   Boston International Film Festival, Paramount Center, Bright Family Room, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Left on Pearl is a documentary film about the 1971 building takeover that led to the founding of the longest operating community Women’s Center in the United States (located in Cambridge!). One of three films in Section 5 of the Boston International Film Festival. **The theater is small, so get your tickets early. Click here to buy tickets.

COME OUT OF THE MARGINS: Cambridge Town Hall Meeting

April 13   6–8pm   Cambridge City Hall

Come voice your concerns over the direction of the country. Take action together with your city and neighbors! Sponsored by Mayor E. Denise Simmons

Trailblazing Women: Mothers and Daughters Carrying on the Legacy

April 12   5:45–8pm   Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Event co-sponsors include the Office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons, the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, YWCA Cambridge, and Mass Humanities.

Women Take the Reel Film Festival

All Month Long, March 2017

Many of the outstanding films being shown in the festival are being shown in Cambridge. wgs.mit.edu/women-take-the-reel/
This annual film festival is a collaborative effort among Women’s and Gender Studies departments involved in the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (as well as select institutions/universities aligned with its mission) that features films directed by women and about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism. All films are free and open to the public.

Women in Cambridge: A Night at the Theater

March 21   6pm   Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave., Cambridge

For March, we are taking a trip to the Central Square Theater to mingle and meet the Directors! They have a beautiful and versatile space, as well as a wide range of productions, programs, and community involvement. Catherine Carr Kelly, Debra Wise, and Lee Gardner will be there to share their passion for the Central Square Theater with us. This is a can’t miss!

International Women’s Day Celebration: Music, Poetry and Collaborative Art

March 8   7–9pm   YWCA-Cambridge, 7 Temple Street

Join with other people to work on collaborative banner celebrating women that will be displayed at the YWCA! Feel free to bring your favorite art supplies and your favorite empowering poem to share.

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Responding to Changing Policies: Engaging Women’s Voices

March 8   8am   Simmons College, Paresky Center, Boston

Panelists will discuss the current challenges and opportunities facing immigration, religious liberty, environmental, and LGBTQIA policy, with a specific focus on strategies for women organizing for action.

Signs of Protest: Posters, Photos, and Art from the Women’s March (Reception to talk about the pieces, the Boston Women’s March, and more!)

March 3   6–8pm   YWCA-Cambridge, 7 Temple Street

Art show featuring work from Boston area artists and photographers who participated in the Boston Women’s March for America on January 21, 2017. The works explore personal reactions to the March, both positive and negative. The show is organized by MA Artists for Change, a group of artists and musicians who come together to create, resist, and build a community engaged in activism.

Women and Words!: From March to Action: How to interweave and intersect the women’s movement with other movements to create the world we envision

March 2   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Please join Mary Wallace, co- founder of the Boston Women’s March, and Janet Santos, Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund, for a discussion on what we can do to affect change in today’s world. Women and Words! is a quarterly series hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Commission.

Women in Cambridge: Heat Things Up!

February 20   6pm   The Rising Bar, 1172 Cambridge Street

Join us as we hear from Liliana Jimenez, owner of Rumba y Timbal, a Latin dance studio in Central Square offering private and group classes. Liliana and her dance instructors have been quite active in the Cambridge community.

Roxane Gay

February 17   7pm   Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Auditorium

Main doors open between 6 and 6:30. No tickets. First come, first seated.

Take Back the Night March

January 15   6pm   CRLS Main Entrance

Sponsored by the STARs Peer Leaders. Come march to empower everyone to be able to be out at night without fear of discrimination, harassment or violence.

2016

Women in Cambridge: Holiday shopping with a conscience and fundraiser for Tutoring Plus

December 13   6pm   Ten Thousand Villages, 694 Mass Ave., Central Square

Women and Words: Art Meets Social Change: Celebrating Transition House’s 40 Year of Activism & Advocacy in Cambridge

December 1   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Women in Cambridge networking event

November 14   6pm   The Abbey, 1755 Massachusetts Ave, Porter Square

A Revolutionary Practice of Public Storytelling: Addressing Violence Against Women through Community Conversation

October 19   7pm   Cambridge Main Library

Discussion and Q+A with Author and Educator Kathleen Cash

Women in Cambridge networking event

October 18   6pm   Mayor Denise Simmons’ Office, 795 Massachusetts Ave

Domestic Violence Vigil

October 5   6pm   City Hall front steps, 795 Massachusetts Ave

Women In Cambridge

August 16   6–8pm   Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville

Women in Cambridge

June 20   6–8pm   Cambridge Spirits

Women and Words! Let’s Be Honest: Becoming the Primary Sexuality Educator of Your Children

June 2   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex

5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day

June 2   8:30am–1pm   Danehy Park

Unslut, a film screening and talkback w director Emily Lindin

May 31   6pm   Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Lower Level Auditorium

WorkSmart Workshop: Negotiate a Higher Salary & Help Close the Wage Gap

May 26   6–8pm   Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor

Girls Only Leadership Development program Informational Session

May 18   Drop-by between 4pm and 6pm   Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue

Women in Cambridge

May 17   6–8pm   Naco Taco

Women in Cambridge

April 25   6–8pm   Salt & Olive on Mass Ave

Boston Area International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8   7:30–9am   Simmons College, Paresky Conference Center

Screening of Left On Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive

March 8   7pm and 9pm shows   Kendall Square Cinema

Women and Words! A Voice of Her Own: How to Communicate with Confidence

March 3   7–8:30pm   344 Broadway, City Hall Annex

Learn easy-to-use practical tips and techniques to help you develop and project poise and confidence, from Pamela Enders, Ph.D., Public Speaking Coach.

Women in Cambridge event

February 22   6–8pm   Bisq, 1071 Cambridge St.

BODY & SOLD

February 7   7pm   The Democracy Center

A reading of the play BODY & SOLD and talkback with Mia Alvarado, Roxbury Youthworks Inc., and Cambridge Police. Seating is limited. Reservations: contact@maidenphoenix.org.

2015

Outreach and Engagement to GLBTQ Communities

December 17   9am–12pm   Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave.

A Community Engagement Team Networking Event

Women and Words! An Evening with Kristen Sykes, founder of BABES (Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society)

December 3   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Community Room, Second Floor

Women in Cambridge: Make Sure Your Brand Represents!

November 17   6–8pm   CCTV Studio, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Come network, socialize, and hear a presentation by Tamar Haber-Schaim offering information and tips about brand identity and design. Also come learn about the exciting programs and resources CCTV offers the Cambridge community.

Get Energized! Walking Series

Wednesdays in September and October   12:15pm   Leaving from Sennott Park

Walks are designed to promote health, community, share fun facts about Cambridge and help get people energized. Each walk is approximately 2 miles. The walks are open to everyone – Cambridge employees and other interested people.

Launch of the Cambridge Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative

October 28   4pm Community Appreciation Reception; 4:30pm Program Begins   Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chambers

For more information, please visit: www.cambridgema.gov/dvinitiative

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Candlelight vigil for Massachusetts victims of domestic violence

October 7   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall

Women in Cambridge: Back to School

September 22   6pm   Elephant Walk, 2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

The kids are heading back to school and so are we. This month join us in welcoming the Cambridge Cambodia School Project. Snack on some Cambodian fare and learn about the exciting relationship between Cambridge and Cambodia.

Women and Words! A Discussion on Women’s Health and Cancer

September 3   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Please join us for a fascinating and intimate discussion with health education professionals from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We will hear about some cancers that particularly affect women, learn about screening tests and prevention, and have a chance to ask the experts questions. Women and Words! is a series hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Commission.

Get Energized! Walking Series

Wednesdays in June, July, and August   12pm   Starting at DPW (147 Hampshire St.) and City Hall Annex (344 Broadway)

Location switches every week. Check with Emily, eshield@cambridgema.gov, for starting location each week. Each walk will be approximately 45 minutes.

Women in Cambridge: Cambridge Represents!

August 17   6–8pm   Akai Ryu Shabu & Sushi Restaurant, 822 Somerville Ave, Cambridge, MA

Come network and chat with Pardis Saffari from the City of Cambridge Economic Development Division. Pardis is instrumental in the city’s programs for assisting businesses and their employees. She is also an accomplished blogger and community events organizer.

Women in Cambridge: Get Your Buzz On

July 21   6–8pm   Follow the Honey, 1132 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

We are meeting up at Follow to Honey to hear from owner Mary Canning and learn about bee-keeping! We will have some great snacks that pair well with honey and will hang out on their beautiful Nectar Deck. (If you have a bee sting allergy, be warned, there is an apiary.)

Women in Cambridge: Enjoy the Arts

June 15   6–8:30pm   Cambridge Arts Council, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

In addition to networking and enjoying the Arts Council’s current art exhibit, Artlifting will be speaking about the local art scene.

18th Annual 5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day

June 9   Danehy Park

Now an eagerly anticipated annual event, the day is organized in collaboration with the School Department’s Health, Physical Education, and Athletics Department and represents a unique citywide attempt to direct girls toward physical activity as a way of life. Research has shown that girls who participate in organized sports and other forms of physical exertion on a regular basis are at a substantially reduced risk for teenage pregnancy, smoking, obesity, and osteoporosis.

Women and Words! Women Navigating the Mental Health System; stories, tips, resources

June 4   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Come hear from Cambridge experts Dr. Xenia Johnson Bhembe, MD and Catherine Pemberton, LICSW.

Get Energized! Spring Walking Series

June 3   12pm   Cambridge Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Bring friends and colleagues, meet people from other City departments, get moving, and take a beautiful walk around Fresh Pond!

Get Energized! Spring Walking Series

May 27   12pm   Alice K. Wolf Center, 5 Western Ave

Bring friends and colleagues, meet people from other City departments, get moving, and learn fun and interesting facts about City neighborhoods!

Women in Cambridge: Fashionably May

May 11   6–8:30pm   Christopher’s Restaurant & Bar, 1920 Massachusetts Ave

Come hear from Cambridge resident Allison Daroie, owner of Paridez, an apparel line that transitions from work, to yoga, to a night on the town.

“The Talk” – Realistic Strategies for Promoting the Sexual Safety of Young Children

April 28   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library

Dr. Nora Shine, a Child Psychologist and parent of two young children, will share realistic strategies that parents (and teachers/counselors) can use to promote the safety of young children, especially in regards to child sexual exploitation. drshinethetalk.wordpress.com

Promtacular

April 27   Afternoon, Session I: 3–4:30pm   Evening, Session II: 5–6:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Community Room, Lower Level 2

Email prom@cambridgewomenscommission.org to check availability

Women in Cambridge: Ole OLocal!

April 14   6–8:30pm   Ole Mexican Grill, 11 Springfield Street

Carissa Blackburn, new Executive Director of Cambridge Local First, will be the featured speaker at this locally-owned restaurant.

One Woman’s Courage: Empowering Nepal’s Lowest Caste Women

March 24   6:30pm Refreshments, 7pm Film and Discussion   Cambridge Main Library, Auditorium

Join us for a screening of the micro-documentary, Untouchable, about human rights activist Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar’s journey back to the village where she was born and raised as one of Nepal’s Dalits, the so called untouchable people. The film depicts the tremendous obstacles of gender and caste discrimination, poverty and exclusion that Dr. Pariyar overcame. Following the film, Dr. Pariyar, now a prolific scholar, social entrepreneur and internationally respected advocate, will discuss the film and the efforts of her non-profit EDWON (Empower Dalit Women of Nepal) which strives to give women the tools to become agents of change through social and economic empowerment. EDWON’s programs develop leadership and encourage women of different castes to work together.

Women, Action & the Media’s WAM! Boston Film Festival

March 21   Brattle Theater, Cambridge

Come experience a unique lineup of films made by women, and about women, from up-and-coming filmmakers from New England and around the globe. Click here for more information about films and tickets.

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Making Women’s Rights Real

March 6   7:30am   Simmons College

More details coming soon!

Women and Words! Street Harassment 101

March 5   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Join us for a lively and engaging discussion with Katie Zeigler, founding member of Safe Hub Collective and former Director of Hollaback! Boston.

Huddle for Warmth at Gendel’s Den

February 23   6pm   87 Winthrop St., Harvard Square

Women in Cambridge and the Cambridge Women’s Commission Unite! Come learn more about this exciting partnering.

2014

Do you know an 8th grade girl in Cambridge?

Encourage her to join Councilor Denise Simmons’ GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development) program. Learn more, and sign up.

Women and Words! Mothers Out Front: Women mobilizing around climate change

December 4   7pm   City Hall Annex

Mothers Out Front is a movement of mothers, grandmothers and caregivers who use their collective energy and voice to convince elected officials and business leaders to push for a swift and complete transition away from fossil fuels, to clean energy.

Screening of The Supreme Price, followed by discussion with filmmaker Joanna Lipper

October 27   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library

The Supreme Price explores Nigeria’s attempt to transform a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Candlelight vigil for Massachusetts victims of domestic violence

October 1   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall

Women and Words! For the Love of Food & Marketing: From Blogger to Restaurant Marketer

September 4   7–8:30   City Hall Annex, Community Room

Featured speaker Jacki Morisi, PR and Marketing Manager at Rialto and Co-Founder of JustAddCheese.com, discusses turning a passion into a paycheck.

Women and Words! Women Powered Transportation

June 5   7–8:30   City Hall Annex, Community Room

Featured speaker: Jennifer Lawrence, Sustainability Planner, City of Cambridge

18th Annual Girls Sports Day

June 3   9am   Danehy Park

Women in Prison: A Cambridge Conversation

May 21   6:15 Refreshments, 6:30 Program Cambridge   Citywide Senior Center

Screening of The Grey Area – Feminism Behind Bars, circle discussion and expert speakers

Promtacular

May 6 & 7   Cambridge Public Library

A workshop for CRLS girls to help them prepare for prom

Rebel: Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

April 3   Cambridge Public Library

Women Business Leaders of Cambridge Networking Event

March 27   5:30 to 7pm   Cambridge City Hall, 2nd Fl

A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement

March 20   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Documentary Screening and discussion with Filmmaker Catherine Russo

Women and Wage Equity: Strategies Locally and Globally

March 7   7:30am   Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

17th Annual Boston-Area International Women’s Day Breakfast

Friendship Knows No Boundaries: Stories of Friendship with True Story Theater

March 6   1:30–3pm   Cambridge Citywide Senior Center

International Women’s Day Event! True Story Theater performers spontaneously transform audience members’ stories into theater through drama, movement and song.

Women and Words!

March 6   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

A discussion on family transitions after birth or adoption of a child with Maria Dolorico of A Mom is Born.

One Billion Rising for Justice: Stand Out Together

February 14   8–8:30am   Kendall, Harvard, Central Square T Stations

Be part of the global call to action to end violence against women and girls. More info: Facebook OneBillionRisingCambridge

Memory Lane Women’s History Walking Series

January 15 and 20, March 12 and 19   12pm   Meet in Front of Cambridge City Hall

Use your lunch time to get exercise, meet new colleagues and learn about women’s history in Cambridge.

Women-Powered Transportation: How do you get to work?

January 8   12noon–1pm   Community Room, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

Brown bag lunch hosted by the Community Development Department and the Cambridge Women’s Commission. Hear about different options to commute to work, clothing considerations, safety, and exciting opportunities and incentives, specifically focusing on women. Open to all employees of the City of Cambridge.

2013

Women and Words! How to Talk with Teens about Relationships: what parents and others should know

December 5   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

Produced and presented by Transition House's Youth Action Corps (YAC), a team of Cambridge teens working within the community to promote safe, respectful, and healthy relationships for everyone. Women & Words is a series hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Commission.

Cambridge Community Health Assessment Survey Presentation

December 5   9:30am–12 noon   20 Chimneys Room, MIT

A Community Engagement Team Event, presentation from Cambridge Public Health

International Day of the Girl Event

November 21   7–9pm   Simmons College

Creating Community Solutions: an update on the 21 Days of Action/365 Days of Questions

November 7   5:30–9pm   Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave. Cambridge

Girl Rising screening

October 10   6–8pm   MCLE Auditorium, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

How Women Become Political

October 7   6–8pm   John Hancock Hall, Boston

An open forum with Gloria Steinem, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others. For more info: www.womenbecomepolitical.org

Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Warren


Candle light vigil for Massachusetts victims of domestic violence

October 2   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall

Left on Pearl screening

September 30   6:30pm   Cambridge Public Library - Main

Come see this documentary-in-progress about a little-known but highly significant event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women.

A Place at the Table screening

September 25   6:30pm   Cambridge Public Library - Main

Screening of documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, including those living in Cambridge who are often single mothers and children.

Women and Words! What Is My Sister’s Name? Whore, Prostitute, or Jane? Case Studies of Social Naming that Fragment the Power of Sisterhood

September 19   7–8:30pm   344 Broadway, 2nd floor

Mary Setterholm, a recent Harvard Divinity School graduate who entered and experienced prostitution as a teen, will explore the power dynamics and effects of shaming labels among and between sisters and ways to reclaim our solidarity.

16th Annual 5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day

June 5   A unique citywide event to encourage girls to engage in physical activity as a way of life

Promtacular

May 1   A workshop designed to help girls explore positive self-image and positive self-regard, all through the lens of prom

WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012

March 23 and 24   Movies throughout the day and evening. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

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

Screening and discussion of The Invisible War

March 13   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!).

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

March 8   7:30–9:30am   Simmons College, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

A Forum on Immigrant Rights

March 7   9:30am–12:00noon   Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave, Cambridge

A Community Engagement Team Event

Women and Words! Healthy Aging in Cambridge: Expanding Housing Options for Women

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

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.

150th Anniversary Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation

February 12   6–8pm   Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge City Hall

Join us to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Journey Toward Freedom. Beverly Morgan Welch, Director of the Museum of African American History, will be the keynote speaker.

2012

Outreach and Engagement of Immigrant Seniors

Dec 6   9:30am–12:00noon   City Wide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave, Cambridge

A Community Engagement Team Event

The Last Feminist Frontier – Finances (i.e. your money)

Dec 6   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge

Wendy Weiss, financial advisor, lecturer and author, will discuss women’s financial literacy.

The Influence of Cultural Identity in Literature, Presentation by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Diaz

October 26   10–11am   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

All City Employees are invited to attend. Please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing diversity@cambridgema.gov

A Miss Representation Town Hall

October 22   6–9pm   Boston University, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

Join us for a special screening Miss Representation, a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The event will gather educators, parents, youth, policy-makers and business leaders to address how the media’s misrepresentations of women and girls impacts our local community.

21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action Launch event!

October 17   4–7pm   Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we begin our interactive campaign – ask a question, learn ways to get involved, find out more information about resources in Cambridge. The evening will be filled with art, music, and activities for all ages. Food will be served throughout the event.

21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action, Cambridge Campaign Against Domestic Violence

This October 17–November 7, Cambridge will begin a revolutionary new outreach and education campaign against Domestic Violence. Stay tuned for ways you can be involved.

Candle light vigil for Massachusetts victims of domestic violence

October 3   6pm   Steps of City Hall

Women and Words, a quarterly series hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Commission

Sept 12   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge

Dr. Erika Kates of the Wellesley Centers for Women will discuss Alternatives to Prison for Women in Massachusetts – Why It Matters

21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action, Cambridge Campaign Against Domestic Violence

July 11   two Ambassador strategy sessions: 9–11am and 6–8pm (choose one)
Lesley University, Washburn Hall, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge

Come learn about becoming an Ambassador for a revolutionary new outreach campaign against Domestic Violence in October/November 2012. Questions or to RSVP, contact 21days@engagethepower.org by July 6. Food will be served!

Women and Words

June 7   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge

Afsaneh Najmabadi, author and professor, will discuss her book, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity, and will explore Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality.

5th Grade Girls Sports Day

June 5 (Rain date June 6)   Danehy Park, Cambridge

Volunteers needed! Contact the Women’s Commission at 617.349.4697 if you’re interested.

Promtacular

May 8   6:30–8pm and May 9   3–4:30pm   Cambridge Public Library Community Room

Through the lens of Prom, Promtacular concentrates on helping girls learn about positive self-image and positive self-regard. The program is open to CRLS girls. RSVP required.

WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012

March 24   1pm   Movies throughout the day and evening. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

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

The Status of Immigrant Women and their Families in Cambridge: A Report from the Immigrant Women’s Roundtable and the Cambridge Women’s Commission.

March 15   9:30am–12pm   Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge

Sponsored by the Community Engagement Team. RSVP to Jbaily@challiance.org

15th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

March 8   7:30–9:30am   Simmons College, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project International Women’s Day

March 8   5:30–7:30pm (5:30–6pm refreshments)   Lewis Room, Cambridge Central Square Branch Library

Cambridge: A Welcoming Community for Immigrants; Honoring the Work Women Do

Women and Words

March 1   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge

Jaclyn Friedman will discuss her new book What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety

Highlights of Past Events

2011 Highlights

  • Feminism & Dessert, The Racial and Gendered Political Landscape of MA
  • Co-sponsored Women’s History Month exhibit in City Hall
  • 14th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, Unequal Treatment Under the Law: Women in the Criminal Justice System
  • Honoring Women’s History Month: A film screening and discussion with award-winning filmmaker Liane Brandon
  • Tri-City Women’s Commission Public Hearing, Boston
  • Feminism & Dessert, Pioneers of Feminism in Afghanistan: Faces of the Afghan Midwives Association
  • Left on Pearl, co-sponsored fine cut screening, Brattle Theater
  • Sponsored Boston Area Rape Crisis Center annual 5K walk during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Organized A Call to Men trainings/workshops with Tony Porter for:
    • Cambridge Police Department
    • West Cambridge Youth Center
    • Elks Lodge
  • Sponsored YWCA benefit play, Little Black Topsy and the Magical White Fairy
  • Sponsored Gender Sensitivity Training for Cambridge Youth Workers
  • Feminism and Dessert, A Discussion in Honor of Equal Pay Day
  • Co-sponsor with US Dept of Labor, Women’s Bureau Workplace Flexibility Conference
  • Feminism & Dessert, Relationships Snooki-Style: What does a “healthy relationship” mean to teen girls today?
  • Co-sponsored Promtacular workshops
  • Developed You Find Your Strength: A Guide for Women and Their Families Who Are Homeless
  • Served on statewide Alternatives to Incarceration Research Committee
  • Feminism & Dessert, Women’s Role in the Arab Spring
  • Hosted 14th Annual 5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day, Danehy Park
  • Sponsored Alternative to Incarceration for Women in Massachusetts Forum, A Presentation and Discussion with Statewide Experts and Field Practitioners
  • Co-sponsored Women’s Equality Day in Boston’s Public Gardens
  • Sponsored Fufu & Oreo’s, a one-woman public theater performance
  • Co-organized CAB HART State-wide Conference
  • SponsoredCandle light vigil for Massachusetts victims of domestic violence
  • UNSAFE at Home: A Strategy Summit on Domestic Violence in Cambridge
  • Paid Sick Days Lobby Day at Massachusetts State House
  • Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network Inaugural Meeting, Boston
  • Co-developed Anti-harassment poster campaign aimed at teens focused on texting
  • Women & Words! Our Bodies Ourselves: 40 Years On
  • UNSAFE at Home: Follow Up/Next Steps

2010 Highlights

  • Direct the Immigrant Women’s Roundtable in collecting survey data to increase assistance, outreach, and inclusion
  • Co-lead Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign
  • Review the assembled gender healthy curriculum components for 14 to 18 year olds and outline terms for general city-wide implementation
  • Create additional Memory Lane: Women’s History Walks to promote interest in women’s lives and their impact on Cambridge
  • Co-lead the expansion of Cut it Out Cambridge initiative with area salons
  • Organize a Margaret Fuller Bicentennial celebration
  • Direct the expansion of the newly formed Alliance for Girls’ Services for providers serving young women and girls in the city
  • Co-lead the Cut It Out Cambridge Promtacular initiative targeting CRLS young women to attend workshops prior to having their hair done for the prom at local salons
  • Oversee the development of a new reference guide for women, You Find Your Strength: A Guide for Women and Their Families Who Are Homeless
  • Participate in the development of StoryStream Cambridge, a city wide initiative to bring story telling events to Cambridge that ensures the presence of female voices (i.e., oral history project of women on the home front during WWII, CWHP)
  • Sponsor Feminism and Dessert, a monthly forum for addressing relevant, essential issues affecting women today
  • Present nine week ENGAGE (Empowering the Next Generation about Gender Equality) curriculum to preteen girls group at West Cambridge Youth Center.
  • CAB High Risk Assessment Team Launch, January
  • Website launch, March
  • International Women’s Day Breakfast, March
  • Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project Panel: International Activism, March
  • Filament/Firmament Opening Celebration, March
  • Cut It Out Cambridge presentation to Nurses, April
  • Margaret Fuller Bicentennial celebration, May
  • Promtacular, May
  • View from a Grain of Sand film screening (Afghan women), May
  • 5th Grade Girls’ Sports Day, June
  • Memory Lane Walks at Cambridgeport History Day, October
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil for victims, October
  • CAB High Risk Assessment Team Open House, October
  • Domestic Violence and Ethiopian, South Asian, and Haitian Community, December
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