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Explore sites across Lexington - in person, or virtually - to learn more about the many contributions women have made to the Lexington community. From science, math and medicine to education, sports and entertainment - women have helped pave the way for all of us. 

 

We are interested in your favorite stories about women whose contributions helped make local, state, national and global history!  

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Stop 1 - Suffragists

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Women in Lexington participated in the 70 year women's suffrage movement. Stop by the exhibit in the CVS windows at 1735 Massachusetts Avenue - or explore our website - to learn more about the many women who advocated for suffrage. These women referred to themselves as suffragists, and many were also active in the abolition movement.

 

On display you will see a recreation of the "Something Must Be Done" Banner which was hand-made in 1887. The banner was carried by Vera P. Lane in the March 3, 1913 Women's Suffrage Process in Washington, D.C.  

STOP 2 - PIoneers in education

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The first three publicly funded teacher's education schools were established in 1839, and Lexington was home to the only all-female school.

The Lexington Normal School drew students from across the state, and from neighboring states, providing women with the opportunity to pursue professions in education.

Graduates of the Lexington Normal School became pioneers in education, helping develop special education teaching methods and establishing schools on their own. Among the graduates in 1843, Mary Elizabeth Bibb was the first African-American graduate of any public teachers college in America, and she went on to work a teacher, school founder, abolitionist and journalist. 

Learn more: Framingham State