Profiles included: Barbara Ackermann | Maria Baldwin | Ann Bookman | Sara Chapman Bull | Joyce Chen | Helen Lee Franklin | Suzanne R. Green | Lois Lilley Howe | Edith Lesley | Eva Neer | Mercy Scollay | Elizabeth Sullivan | Phyllis Wallace

Our 2020 theme was Who Are Cambridge Women? But why spend a year discussing Cambridge women? 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, we chose 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 sought 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.

Here we celebrate Cambridge women, from all walks of life, who have made an impact on our community, each in her own way.

Click on a name to learn her story: Barbara Ackermann | Maria Baldwin | Ann Bookman | Sara Chapman Bull | Joyce Chen | Helen Lee Franklin | Suzanne R. Green | Lois Lilley Howe | Edith Lesley | Eva Neer | Mercy Scollay | Elizabeth Sullivan | Phyllis Wallace

To learn more about other influential Cambridge women, visit the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project.

We are accepting submissions. Submit your own research on Cambridge women.