Upcoming and Recent Events


Second Careers and Side Gigs – Women in Business at Every Age and Stage

Thursday, October 28   8:30–9:30am   Registration is required. Click here to register.

Attend this seminar to hear from women business leaders who have launched a business after leaving a first career or alongside an existing career. This seminar includes a speaker panel of diverse business owners from a range of industries and will include opportunity for small break out rooms to ask questions and engage directly with attendees. Speakers include: Rosi Amador, Amador Bilingual Voiceovers and Sol y Canto; Sarah Dudek, SarahDudekDesign; Elaine Hsieh, EHChocolatier; and more to come! This seminar is free to Cambridge residents and businesses.

Cambridge Domestic Violence Vigil

Wednesday, October 27   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall

Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Protecting Our Bodies and Our Lives

Thursday, July 15   6–7:30pm   Register in advance for this meeting

A look at the feminist history of Central Square 1970s–1990s, with Women’s Commission researcher Kimm Topping and special guests.

Hate Is a Virus: Confronting Anti-Asian Racism and Misogyny in Cambridge

Friday, June 25   11am–12pm   Zoom details to follow

What does it mean to sit at the intersection of anti-Asian racism and gender-based violence in Cambridge, especially as restrictions are lifted and we consider a post-pandemic life? Join us as we explore this question with Cambridge activists, feminists, and other local community members.
  This event is co-sponsored by Asian Women for Health, Cambridge Women’s Commission, Cambridge YWCA, Office of Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, BIWOC Gathering Circle

Cambridge’s First Juneteenth Celebration!

Wednesday, June 16   12–4pm (virtual)   More information and to register, click here

Hosted by Employee’s Committee on Diversity

Cambridge Women’s Commission Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, June 9   6pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Revolutionary Feminist Arts & Communication: How the Word Got Out

Thursday, June 3rd   6–7:30pm   Register in advance for this meeting

Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Protest, Community Organizing & Community Space

Thursday, May 20th   6–7:30pm   Register in advance for this meeting

Pathways to Justice for Black and Brown Survivors Webinar

Wednesday, May 12   9am–1pm   Advanced Registration Required.

Created specifically for DV and SA providers in Cambridge. We will take a hands-on approach, utilizing facilitated small breakout room to explore ways to bring and Anti-Opressive Advocacy model to your work. Free and Open to All DV and SA providers in Cambridge

Cambridge Women’s Commission Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, May 12   6pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A conversation with Koa Beck, author of White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind

Wednesday, March 24   7–8pm  

Register here for this webinar

Screening of the film RBG

Sunday, March 14 and Monday, March 15  

Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Women’s Commission, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Brattle Theater.

CWC at 50: From Foremothers Forward (A CWC 50th Anniversary Event)

Sunday, March 14   7–8pm  

Emergent second wave feminism inspired the 1971 International Women’s Day demonstration in Boston. The surprise ending of the march led to the 10-day takeover of a Harvard building and the founding of the Cambridge Women’s Center. At its core, CWC continues to serve as an activist organizing community and an innovation hub for women from all walks of life. For almost 50 years, Judy Norris, a leading foremother and the Center’s current Board President, has been the heart and soul of CWC. Join us in honoring Judy Norris and celebrating the radical legacy of the Cambridge Women’s Center.

Women’s History Trivia, Lamplighter Brewing (a CWC 50th Anniversary Event)

Thursday, March 11   7:30–9:30pm   (option to pick up beer in advance)

Gather a team for a virtual feminist trivia event hosted by Lamplighter Brewing Company in Cambridge! Local friends can pick up a beer pairing to enjoy during trivia – two 375ml bottles of a beer brewed with Cambridge Women’s Center, a Grisette with ginger called Left on Pearl. This ticket also includes a $5 donation to the CWC.

Finding Women in the Archives

Thursday, March 11   12–1pm

Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history. Although often overlooked in official records, throughout time women have been the keepers of family and personal history. When they survive, diaries, letters, account books, family bibles, samplers, organization records, and more can reveal more about a woman’s daily life than any government document. RSVP today through Cambridge Public Library.

Community Organizing Panel: Past and Present (A CWC 50th Anniversary Event)

Wednesday, March 10   6–7:30pm

The Cambridge Women’s Center has a long history of community organizing – from its founding through protest, to a community organizer staff position beginning in 1998, to a depth of relationships with other community organizations and activists. Join us for a discussion moderated by Eva Martin-Blythe, with panelists including Lynn Murray, Caroline Hunter, Natanja Craig-Oquendo, and Cathy Hoffman. RSVP here

Cambridge Women’s Commission Monthly Public Meeting

Wednesday, March 10   6–6:30pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Ruby Hamad presents White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

Tuesday, March 9   7–8:30pm   RSVP for more information and to receive link

A Cambridge Public Library event – Ruby Hamad in conversation with Professor Saher Selod. Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep “ownership” of their slaves, through the centuries of colonialism, when they offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, White Tears/Brown Scars tells a charged story of white women’s active participation in campaigns of oppression.

Resilience and Regeneration: A Racial Justice and Feminist Recovery

Monday, March 8   11:30am–1pm   Sign up here

A Boston-area International Women’s Day Lunch Celebration

Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Central Square – Video launch!

Monday, March 8   Sign up to receive a link when the video launches

Video launches 3/8 but will be available on an ongoing basis through the Women’s Commission website.

Virtual feminist walking tour of Central Square. Read along with Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Central Square during the tour to learn about feminist activists and organizations of the 1970’s–1990’s.

Left on Pearl Screening and Panel

Sunday, March 7   7–8pm   Register today!

Panelists include: Susan Jacoby, Rev. Irene Monroe, Susie Rivo, and Rochelle Ruthchild.

Cambridge Women’s Commission Monthly Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 10   6–6:30pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

January Cambridge Women’s Commission Public Meeting

Wednesday, January 13   6pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Childcare and Education during COVID-19: A Report on the Economic and Social Impact on Women in Massachusetts

Thursday, January 7   12noon   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


December Cambridge Women’s Commission Public Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2020   6pm   Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Panel discussion: Pathways to Justice

Monday, November 16   12pm   Virtual Webinar

Join the Cambridge Women’s Commission for a panel to examine and discuss the complexities of domestic violence. National and local leaders will discuss the unique paradox for Black and brown women. How there is a fear of unjust harm to their partners by police and concerns that the justice system does not sufficiently prioritize intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Register:

An Evening Honoring Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘Me Too’ Movement

Friday, November 13   6:30pm   Virtual Webinar: 14th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award

Join the Phillips Brooks House Association and the Cambridge Women’s Commission to honor activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke who has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice for more than 25 years. RSVP and more information: Tarana Burke Event

Cambridge Women’s Commission Monthly Public Meeting

Tuesday, November 10   6–7pm   You must register in advance for this webinar

Film Screening: RBG

Sunday, November 1   7:30pm   Starlight Theater, Central Square

Join the Cambridge Women’s Commission, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, and My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper for a film screening of RBG to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is an outdoor screening, so please dress appropriately. Feel free to bring a blanket and snack. RSVP and more information:

Bringing Cambridge Women’s HERitage to Life with Radio Drama

Tuesday, October 13   7–8pm   RSVP for Zoom link

Siobhan Bredin, author of Casebook of the Marshall Sisters Detective Agency: Nine Roaring Twenties Mystery Play Scripts, will lead a discussion on the history and mystery of radio drama, all through the lens of Cambridge women’s history.

National Coming Out Day Event

Sunday, October 11   3–5pm   CCTV Cambridge

More information coming soon! BIPOC self-care, coming out stories panel, and performances.

Mapping LGBTQ+ Cambridge History: Collective Brainstorming Session

Friday, October 9   6–7:30pm   RSVP for Zoom link

What does LGBTQ+ history in Cambridge look like to you? Come share your answer to this question, as we build a collective history of LGBTQ+ Cambridge.

Women Leading the Way in Healthcare with Rosemarie Day

Monday, September 14   6–7pm   More information and Registration:

A conversation with the author of Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare (Beacon Press, 2020). Rosemarie Day helped lead the launch of health reform in Massachusetts in 2006, which became the model for the Affordable Care Act. She has been working on health reform ever since, and is passionate about universal healthcare and women’s health issues.

“Forget the seat, I need my own damn table”

Thursday, July 16   7–8:30pm   RSVP at Zoom link will be emailed

A conversation with community activist Monica Cannon-Grant

Channeling Anger Into Action

Thursday, June 25   6pm   Click here for more info

In partnership with YWCA Cambridge, the second Feminist Roundtable Series: A virtual evening with Dr. Taharee A. Jackson, Expert Consultant and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and author of “I’m White and I’m Outraged by Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder. Now What?

CANCELED Left on Pearl Documentary

Thursday, April 16   6pm   Cambridge Central Public Library – Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street

Screening followed by Q&A with Director/Producer Susie Rivo & Executive Producer Rochelle Ruthchild
Sponsors: Cambridge Public Library

CANCELED Act Up & Vote, Youth Underground of Central Square Theater

Thursday, April 2   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall

Inspired by interviews with Cambridge community members and experts, in-school residencies with area high-school students, and an in-depth workshop and development process with a professional playwright and director, this play is designed to help voters better understand how government works and why their votes matter.
Sponsors: Cambridge Women’s Commission, Cambridge Public Library

CANCELED Women’s History Month Trivia Night

Tuesday, March 17   6–8pm   Central Square Branch Library, Lewis Room

An entertaining and lively trivia night in recognition of Women’s History Month. Form a team of 3–4 participants or contact the library and they will help people join teams. Pizza provided.
Sponsors: Cambridge Women’s Commission, Cambridge Public Library

CANCELED Rosemarie Day: Women Leading the Way in Healthcare

Monday, March 16   6:30–8:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall

With 28 million Americans uninsured, and millions more who can’t afford their coverage, Day asks the fundamental question: Can we, as a nation, do better? Day believes we can and will – once women begin to engage collectively around this topic. Day brings a feminist lens to the universal health care debate and seeks to empower more women to engage in that debate.
Sponsor: Cambridge Public Library

CANCELED Sharing the Torch: Intentionally Building Diverse Leadership Through Intergenerational Activism

Thursday, March 12   8am   Simmons University, Paresky Center

CANCELED Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Inman Square Tour led by Kimm Topping

Thursday, March 12   6pm   meeting place TBD

Sponsors: Cambridge Women’s Commission, Cambridge Community Development Department, East Cambridge Business Association

She the People: A Graphic History of Uprisings, Breakdowns, Setbacks, Revolts, and Enduring Hope on the Unfinished Road to Women’s Equality: An Evening with author Jen Deaderick

Wednesday, March 4   6pm   Cambridge Main Library, Community Room

“A sweeping, smart, and smart-ass graphic history of women's quest for equality.”

Many Partnerships, One Initiative: Celebrating Five Years of the Cambridge Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative

Wednesday, February 26   4pm   Cambridge Senior Center


The Pleasures of Age: Old Women and Political Power in the U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement

Thursday, November 7   6:30–8pm   Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

Professor Corinne T. Field, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality, University of Virginia, will discuss why woman suffragists in the nineteenth century demanded respect and security for older women as an essential dimension of political empowerment and why these hopes remain largely unrealized over a century later.

Walking tours for Mapping Feminist Cambridge: Inman Square 1970s–1990s

Sep 19, Oct 3, and Oct 21

Please join our mailing list to find out more information and how to sign up! Or click on one of these dates: Thursday, Sep 19, 6–7:30pm; Thursday, Oct 3, 6–7:30pm; Monday, Oct 21, 6–7:30pm.

Cambridge Domestic Violence Vigil

Thursday, October 3   6pm   Steps of City Hall

Ask for Jane, film screening and discussion with director, Rachel Carey

Friday, September 27   5:30pm pizza, 6pm film   MIT Room 6-120

Women and Words! How is today’s domestic violence movement feminist?

Thursday, September 26   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Ann Fleck-Henderson, author of Transition House 1976-2017: The Movement and The Mainstream, will discuss Cambridge’s domestic violence agency’s evolution from a feminist collective to today’s more formally structured nonprofit community organization. A recent New Yorker article decried Transition House’s “loss of feminist principles” (August 19, 2019). How does an organization balance loyalty to its fundamental roots with the demands of a changing movement? What is the role of feminism in today’s domestic violence movement?

Claiming Our Seats… A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women’s Voting Rights

Wednesday, September 25   6–8:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway

At this roundtable, panelists will engage us in a reflective dialogue about women’s voting rights across the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Inaugural Walking Tour of Mapping Feminist Cambridge and Reception

Thursday, August 8   6pm   Meet at the intersection of Plymouth and Windsor Streets – Jutta Elsa Georgi Callinan Square
Reception immediately following the tour, at Outpost 186.
Join us for this exciting new walking tour highlighting the rich feminist history along Hamsphire Street from the 1970s to 1990s and learn about the lasting imprint of feminist organizations in Inman Square. Can’t join us for this one? Taking a self-guided tour is easy, simply download the self-guided booklet here or check back to find additional dates for guided tours.

Walking Series

Wednesdays July 17, 24, 31, and August 7

Our popular summer walking series returns this July and August! Walks last 45-60 minutes.

A Feminist History of Inman Square

July 17   12pm   Meet at 344 Broadway, City Hall Annex

Other walk topics and locations will be announced soon.

Unpacking White Feminism: An evening with Rachel Cargle

Tuesday, June 18   5:30pm reception, 6pm program  
Cambridge Public Library main branch auditorium, 449 Broadway

FREE, but must RSVP here. Hear from Rachel Cargle for her signature live lecture exploring the history of feminism through the lens of race. Uncover layers of unlearned details, revealing the problematic effects that white centered activism has had on the past and present state of the feminist movement. She leaves her audience with new knowledge, meaningful tools, and powerful action items toward a more intentional and inclusive feminism.

Consciousness-Raising: Menstrual Access and Equity

Thursday, June 6   7–8:30pm   344 Broadway, Community Room

This is the menstruation education they didn’t teach you in school! Please join Mass NOW and the Cambridge Women’s Commission for a discussion on combating the stigma around menstruation.

5th Grade Girls Sports Day

Monday, June 3   9am   Danehy Park

Women’s Commission Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, April 10   6:30pm   51 Inman Street, 2nd floor, Cambridge

Women’s History Trivia Night – History and Pizza!

Thursday, March 28   6pm   Cambridge Library – Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street

Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: An evening with Barbara Berenson

Monday, March 18   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Few know Massachusetts was at the center of the revolutionary struggle for woman suffrage. A battle waged over historical memory obscured the state’s role—until now. Author Barbara Berenson gives the state’s revolutionary reformers the attention they deserve in this compelling and engaging story.

Women’s Commission Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 13   6:30pm   51 Inman Street, 2nd floor, Cambridge

Women and Words! An exploration of the many non-white suffragists who fought for the right to vote

Thursday, March 7   7:15pm   Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

22nd International Women’s Day Breakfast, Feminists Take On Immigration: Addressing Root Causes, Urgent Needs, and Long-Term Solutions

Tuesday, March 5   8–10am   Simmons College, Paresky Conference Center


Women and Words! ’Tis the Season: What to do when you see sexual harassment or violence?

Thursday, December 6   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

The holidays can be challenging, especially in regards to sexual harassment and violence. Learn to notice when something is not right, assess the situation, and safely take action to challenge, disrupt, and prevent violence or harassment.

Join Eliza Campbell, Community Engagement Specialist at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), as she discusses BARCC’s model for teaching sexual violence bystander intervention.

Shaping the Social Contract – Insights from the Women of Brook Farm

Sunday, November 4   2pm   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall

A performance exploring how the idea of a social contract, as defined by the Brook Farmers, has evolved into the 21st century, specifically in the areas of race, gender, and class.

Circle Up Screening and Post-Screening Circle

Tuesday, October 30   6pm   Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall

Documentary Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.

Domestic Violence Vigil

Wednesday, October 3   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall

Women in Cambridge: North Cambridge Artists

Monday, September 24   6pm   Cambridge Arts Gallery, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Come socialize, sample delicious snacks, and meet some of the innovative and creative artists who will be part of North Cambridge Open Studios.

Women and Words! The Conscious Consumer: How to navigate the retail world as an informed and empowered customer

Thursday, September 6   7–8:30pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

Free gifts? Online contracts? Lemon laws? In today’s market, buying has never been easier. But without knowing our rights, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Join in a conversation with Dina Cohen, Consumer Information Specialist from the Cambridge Consumers’ Council, for a discussion about what being a savvy consumer means and how we can make the most of our buying power.

Women in Cambridge: Zen at Work: Meditation and Chair Yoga

Wednesday, August 15   6–7:30pm   Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Community Room, Lower Level

Come and join us for a fun evening focused on meeting new people and reducing stress! Stephanie Troy, LICSW, owner of Your Whole Healing, will lead us through a guided meditation/chair yoga practice.

Get Energized Walks with CDD and the Cambridge Women’s Commission!

Wednesdays at 12pm

Approximately 45–60 minutes; Open to everyone – City employees and the general public.

July 25 Public Art Walk: The Art of the Annex, Cambridge Public Library, and CRLS

Meet at City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

August 1 Library Leads the Way – Literary Figures

Meet at Main Library, 449 Broadway

August 8 Along the River – Meditative Walking

Meet at 5 Western Ave (more details coming soon)

August 15 – New Bike Tour! A Tour of Cambridge’s Separated Bike Lanes

Meet at Blue Bike Station at 449 Broadway

Women in Cambridge: Follow the Honey

Sunday, June 10   5:30pm   Follow the Honey in Harvard Square

An evening of socializing and networking, including a short presentation from Mary, Founder and CEO of Follow the Honey, and “apipreneur-inventor-bee tender”.

Women and Words! Girl Power: All Dolled Up

Thursday, June 7   7–8:30pm   Community Room, Lower Level, Cambridge Main Library

From Dora the Explorer to Kim Kardashian, this short documentary explores whether “girl power” is truly empowering to girls or if it has been co-opted to mean something else. Following the short film will be a conversation with Cambridge film director, parent, feminist, and activist, Sarah Blout Rosenberg.

5th Grade Girls Sports Day

Wednesday, May 30   Danehy Park, Cambridge

Women in Cambridge: Local Beer, Local Economy and Vibrant Community in Cambridge

Wednesday, May 16   5:30pm   Lamplighter Brewery

Hear from Cambridge Local First’s Executive Director, Adriane Musgrave, who is guiding the direction of what it means to be Local – eat, drink, shop, and connect – in Cambridge.

Empowered Time: The Dance of Letting Go

Thursday, April 26   6:30–8pm   Middlesex Lounge, Cambridge

Join us for this wee slice of a heart and body centered approach to time management. You’ll walk away with one action to begin tomorrow to free you up for more of the stuff you know you are meant to be doing and one simple, daily practice to keep you on track.

Protecting Kids from Overly Sexual Internet Content

Wednesday, April 25   6:30pm   Putnam Ave Upper School, 100 Putnam Ave

A talk for parents of tweens and teens with Dr. Gail Dines, Professor Emerita and founding president of Culture Reframed, an organization dedicated to working with parents/caregivers to build resilience and resistance in kids to hypersexualized online content.

Trailblazing Women – Nevertheless She Persisted

Wednesday, March 28   5:45–8pm   Cambridge City Hall

An honoring of local women, a group reading, and community conversation with an open and honest dialogue on race.

The Women’s March: Stories of Energy, Unity, and Activism

Wednesday, March 21   6–7:30pm   Cambridge Main Library

Screening of the new documentary Women’s March (30 mins) exploring democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in today’s America. Following the film, we will have a panel discussion with local women who are creating powerful movements in our community.

Women in Cambridge: Networking and Socializing for Women in Business

Monday, March 19   5:30–7pm   Miracle of Science, 321 Mass Ave.

Women in Cambridge is emerging this spring stronger, more vibrant, and more fun than ever! Join us for some informal networking and hear from the Cambridge Women’s Commission about what they’re up to this spring, as well as learn more about the other exciting events, lectures, and programs happening throughout Cambridge.

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Women Shaping the Media Narrative – Action Steps for a New Era

Thursday, March 8   8am   Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College

Women and Words!

Thursday, March 1   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Esther Kisaghu, public health professional, author, and founder of The Rose Foundation in Kenya, a domestic violence prevention organization.


Women and Words!: How to be an ally in the age of #metoo

Thursday, December 7   7pm   City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Join Eliza Campbell, Community Engagement Specialist at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), as she discusses BARCC’s model for responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

Screening of award-winning documentary UNREST

Sunday, November 12   2–4:30pm   Arlington Regent Theatre

Hosted by the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, co-sponsored by the Cambridge Women’s Commission

Women in Cambridge: Meet JJ Gonson, chef/entrepreneur/music promoter

October 16   6pm   ONCE Somerville Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave. Somerville

Women in Cambridge is a dynamic, friendly and welcoming group of professional women who meet monthly to socialize and network in Cambridge.

Domestic Violence Vigil

October 4   6pm   Steps of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass Ave.

Screening of Left on Pearl, followed by panel discussion

September 26   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Come learn about this highly significant but little-known 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.

Women and Words!

September 7   7pm   City Hall Annex

A discussion on climate change and ecology with Dr. Jennifer Bowen

Women’s Equality Day in Cambridge

August 26

Mayor Simmons’ announcement honors the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.

Women in Cambridge: Meaningful work – love what you do!

August 21   6pm   91 Hampshire Street

Art and Soul Studio: art, performance, and yoga classes

Get Energized! Walking Series: Public Art, Harvard Sq. and Cambridge Commission

August 10   Harvard Square T-Station, Main Entrance

Get Energized! Walking Series: Cambridge Women’s History

August 3   12pm   Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, documentary screening and discussion with director Mary Dore

July 27   6:30pm   Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

This film resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Get Energized! Walking Series: Explore Magazine Beach Park

July 27   12pm   Pool Entrance, 719 Memorial Drive

Get Energized! Cambridge Women’s Commission Summer Walking Series

July 20   12pm   Meet inside the Johnston Gate

Historical Highlights of Harvard Yard

A Panel Discussion on the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Law

June 28   6–8pm   Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Room, 459 Broadway

This event is for employers and employees who wish to gain a better understanding of the new MA Equal Pay Law and how to prepare for the rollout in July 2018. There will be a 45 minute panel discussion followed by a question & answer session. Register Today!

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.
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.


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.


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:


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:

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,, 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.


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 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.


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, 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


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.


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:

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


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

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.


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

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 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.


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

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

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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