10 on 10: Women in the Workforce was truly a celebration of remarkable women past and present. We heard about 10 visionary women from Massachusetts history from 10 powerhouse women currently working in Boston’s cultural sector. Don’t let the energy and inspiration from Tuesday’s program wear off — extend your learning!
Below you’ll find interesting articles, resources, and links pertaining to each of the speakers and their subjects. Check them out, share, and leave us your comments!
1. Mary Patten, master mariner
presented by Dina Vargo, author of Wild Women of Boston: Mettle & Moxie in the Hub
*Purchase Wild Women of Boston: Mettle & Moxie in the Hub, which features a chapter on Mary Patten.
2. Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
presented by Jennifer Steele, Community Volunteer Ambassador, National Parks of Boston
- Read Jen’s article on Harriet on our history blog.
- Check out this incredible virtual tour of the events from Harriet’s book.
3. Delia Isabel Griffin, museum director/national leader in museums
presented by Scarlett Hoey, Membership & Development Manager, NEMA
- Scroll through a timeline of 100 Years of NEMA, the organization Delia helped create.
* Read more about the history of the Boston’s Children’s Museum, where Delia served as curator and director.
4. Rose Lok, first Chinese-American female aviator in New England
presented by Chloe Lin, Public Programs Assistant, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
5. Margaret Nichols Shurcliff, carpenter/business owner/activist
presented by Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, Co-Director of Education, ONCHS for Elise Couture-Stone, Donor Engagement Manager, Boston Preservation Alliance
6. Donna Summer, singer/songwriter/actress, “Queen of Disco”
presented by Casey Baines, Co-VP, Community Engagement, Mass NOW
*Check out the 17 minute version of Donna’s “Love to Love You” song Casey discussed.
7. Isabella Stewart Gardner, art collector/patron/philanthropist
presented by Marie Palladino, Educational Programs Coordinator, Mary Baker Eddy Library
8. Frances Glessner Lee, creator of Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths
presented by Lisa Wong, pediatrician and musician, Associate Co-Director of Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School
*Read more about Frances in Harvard Magazine, on the TV show NCIS, and in the New Yorker.
*Explore some of the nutshell dioramas.
*Discover the Nutshell Studies exhibit at the Renwick Gallery Lisa mentioned.
*Visit the Glessner House when you’re in Chicago after the pandemic is over or just peruse their website now.
9. Gertrude Bibbey & Matilda Bibbey, progressive congregants of Christ Church
presented by Jodie Smith, independent museum education consultant
10. Carmen Ortiz, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
presented by Maddy Rodriguez, Senior Litigation Associate, Foley Hoag LLP
*Learn more about Carmen at her current firm, Anderson Kreiger.