How Have Women Shaped Cambridge?
A “Her-story” Drive
Women’s stories are still largely overlooked in the broader historical narrative, and women continue to face obstacles to their full participation in civic life, economic equality, and even their physical health and safety. In light of these ongoing challenges, the Cambridge Historical Society has chosen to focus our 2020 programs on the many roles that women in Cambridge have played – and continue to play – in the city’s past, present, and future. In so doing, we seek to both broaden the scope of our inquiry to include women from a range of time periods, racial and ethnic backgrounds, classes and religions, and to narrow our focus to explore the experiences of women in the particular geographical and cultural microcosm of Cambridge.
We need your help collecting the stories of Cambridge women.
Tell us about a woman who has left her mark on the city of Cambridge. She may be a part of your family, a neighbor, a member of your church, or someone you have heard about in some other way. She can be of any age, living today or during an earlier time. Maybe she was born here, or perhaps she only lived here for a few years of her life. Regardless of her life circumstances, she was–or is– a remarkable person who has touched the lives of many.
We want to know about her. How did she live, what did she believe in, who was important in her life and helped her achieve her goals? How did she leave her mark on the city of Cambridge?
Share her story in a short essay. We’re looking for short articles (500-1,000 words) about female Cambridge history-makers, both famous and not-so-famous, to post on our blog and share with our readers. Please note that not all submissions will be published, and authors are not compensated for their submissions. We have a rolling submission deadline through December 31, 2020.
How to submit: Please see editorial guidelines below. Email your essay to Marieke Van Damme, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find inspiration in the stories of these remarkable Cambridge women:
- Maria Baldwin, 1856-1922: “An Honor and a Glory” by Daphne Abeel
- Edith Lesley: Pioneering Educational Leader by Jan Devereux
- An Intrepid Lady of Brattle Street: Sara Chapman Bull by Ted Hansen
Cambridge Historical Society Editorial guidelines
We welcome the submission of personal historical memoirs, as well as researched historical observations and other content for publication on our website. Although papers and articles we publish are not peer reviewed, we do our best to establish their validity. While citations are generally not expected for personal historical memoirs, we encourage authors to cite references to source materials whenever possible.
By submitting a work to CHS, an author grants CHS the right to edit as we see fit, and the nonexclusive right to publish the work electronically on the Society’s website, to disseminate the work in print, and to promote it on social media. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission and providing proper credit to any accompanying media materials.
Authors will be notified before their submissions are published. Please be aware that we may edit your piece as we see fit, for length, style, or other reasons. Not all submissions will be published, and authors do not receive payment.
Also please note:
- We accept submissions in English only.
- We do not accept PDF files. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word, Apple’s Pages, Open Office Writer, or Google Doc format.
- Submissions should follow the AP Style format.
- Submissions are not required to contain endnotes or footnotes, but if they are included, they should be in the form of endnotes only.
- Titles may not contain endnotes.
- Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis; expect a response within 4 weeks.
By submitting a work to the Society, an author grants the Society the nonexclusive right to publish the work electronically on the Society’s website and to disseminate the work in print. The Society reserves the right to edit the piece. Authors will be notified before their submissions are published. Please be aware that not all submissions will be published and that authors do not receive payment. By submitting a work, you affirm that you are the sole author of the piece.
We look forward to reading your submission. Submit your work.