PROGRAM: State House Women’s Leadership Project

Presented by:
Mass Humanities
Local Partner: Other Subject: Art/Photography, Gender, History, K-12 Education, Performing Arts Audience: All, Educators

Until 1999, all of the many works of art displayed in the Commonwealth’s most important public building, the Massachusetts State House, depicted men, and white men at that. In response to this, the State House Women’s Leadership Project was created. The project has highlighted the profound impact women have had on public life through the following initiatives:

  • commissioned Sheila de Bretteville and Susan Sellers to create HEAR US, a work of art honoring the contributions of women to public life in Massachusetts, for the State House Art Collection
  • developed “Making the World Better: The Struggle for Equality in 19th Century America,” a curriculum packet for middle and high school students
  • commissioned Judith Black to write and perform “Meet Lucy Stone,” a character presentation based on the life of honoree Lucy Stone