Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality in New Bedford and Beyond

Sep 15, 2020

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in partnership with the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, will host a virtual panel discussion on September 17, 2020 to highlight the ways that women of color have historically organized to address inequity for women, and how they continue to address issues of class, race, and other oppressions.“Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality in New Bedford and Beyond” is part of the Whaling Museum’s Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast initiative. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Advance registration is required. Details are at www.historicwomensouthcoast.org.

Dr. Premilla Nadasen, Professor of History at Barnard College and OAH Distinguished Lecturer, will be the featured guest and panelist. Dr. Nadasen teaches, researches, and writes about race, gender, social policy, and organizing. Also participating are Gail Fortes, Executive Director of YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts; Christina Turner, Director of Education at the New Bedford Whaling Museum; and Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society. They will be joined by panelists Laurel Berryman, Race & Gender Equity Coordinator, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts; Rayana Grace, Arts & Culture Program Manager, SouthCoast Community Foundation; Lisa Lemieux, President of the Southeastern Massachusetts Central Labor Council; and Maria Rosario, Executive Director, NorthStar Learning Centers.

Christina Turner, Director of Education at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, commented, “This is an historic and unprecedented time. The conversation around important issues of justice and equity during ‘Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality’ will showcase the rich legacy of civic engagement of women, especially women of color and young adults. We hope this event will inspire everyone to exercise their rights to be informed and engaged community members, citizens, and voters.”

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast amplifies the histories of remarkable women from the Southcoast of Massachusetts who have made an extraordinary impact on their community and beyond. In 2020, Lighting the Way is commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, honoring the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, and celebrating historic women who forged the path and lit the way for us all. Information about the initiative is available at  www.historicwomensouthcoast.org.