Wednesday, July 17, 2024


A panel presentation of Cambridge women activists past and present — starting with Transcendentalist and suffragist Margaret Fuller — is scheduled as part of an International Women’s Day celebration at 6 p.m. Monday at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. (Light refreshments are served at 5:30 p.m.)

Fuller, born in 1810 in Cambridgeport, was praised by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as having a tremendous influence on U.S. women. But that’s too limiting: She was also a prodigy and the equal or master of fellow Transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. She was an author, educator, historian and editor of The Dial, the movement’s journal. Later she may or (scandalously) may not have been married to an Italian nobleman; they and their child died in passage back to America. A monument to her stands in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Brief academic biographies of Fuller are here and here.

Panel speakers include Joan von Mehren, Bishnu Pariyar and Patricia Montes.

This free program is sponsored by the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project. For information, call Sarah Burks at (617) 349-4687 or click here.