Cultivating Space: Women in Horticulture and Place-making

In this year’s “cultivating women” symposium, we highlight contemporary efforts by women to create, share, and preserve greenspaces for all and will showcase the importance of community spaces in this era of increasing urban and suburban density. Speakers:

Jennifer Jewell, Creator/Host, Cultivating Place, NPR Radio Show and Podcast; Garden Writer
Kaki Martin, ASLA, PLA, Principal of Klopfer Martin Design Group
Kristin McCullin, Horticulturist, Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
Patricia Spence, President and CEO, The Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Co-sponsored by the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Fee $50; Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

2-Day Bike Maintenance Workshop for Women+

Vie Cycle and Bikes Not Bombs are putting on a bike maintenance workshop for women+*. This is a 2-day workshop where participants will learn about fixing flats, replacing chains, adjusting brakes and troubleshooting bike problems.

For more information and to register, visit www.viecycle.com/upcomingcourses

Check out www.bikesnotbombs.org to see what this great organization is up to. Dates:
​October 9 & 10
7:00pm - 9:30pm

​Location:
Bikes Not Bombs
284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tuition: $60

Register at www.viecycle.com/upcomingcourses

*Women+ includes people who identify as female, trans, intersex, queer and gender non-conforming. Basically, all those folks who aren't represented in the Tour de France. If you aren't sure if the "women+" label includes you, please contact us!

*Sandra Steingraber* Toward an Unfractured Future: Science, Civil Disobedience, and Feminism in the Fight Against Fossil Fuel Expansion

This talk examines the science behind the social movement to secure an unfractured future for our children and the role that civil disobedience and feminist activism are playing in opening a space in the culture for that science to speak. The award-winning documentary film Unfractured tells the story of the successful fight for a ban on fracking in New York State. Steingraber’s public lecture, which will immediately be followed by a screening of the film, will explore the science behind the scenes, women’s leadership within the movement, and ongoing tactics and strategies—with special focus on current issues here in Massachusetts.  

Biologist Sandra Steingraber is co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, co-author of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings on the Risks and Harms of Fracking, and science advisor to Americans Against Fracking. Co-sponsored 

If you are interested in learning more, contact: Anny Martinez, anny@ips-dc.org

Opening Night at the Massachusetts Conference for Women: $25 tickets on sale for conference preview with Bethenny Frankel, Barbara Lynch and more

BOSTON – Tickets for the Massachusetts Conference for Women featuring Academy Award winning actresses Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, and best-selling author Adam Grant sold out in less than an hour.  

Tickets are, however, still available for the third annual Opening Night at the Conference on Wednesday, December 6th from 5-8pm. Opening Night provides an opportunity to experience the Conference offerings with speakers, authors and networking. Tickets are available here. Opening Night keynote speakers include Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl founder, author, and branding guru, and an inspiring talk and live cooking demo with Barbara Lynch, restaurateur and award-winning chef.

Biking 2,000 Miles to Talk Period

On March 31, JP resident Rachel Saudek started biking from Key West, FL back to Boston as part of Sustainable Cycles, a bike ride to promote menstrual health. 7 female bicyclists are riding 3 different routes across the country, all to end up in Boston for The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research's national conference in June, at Suffolk University. Over her lifetime, a woman will spend over $2,000 and create over 260 pounds of trash by using disposable pads and tampons. Sustainable Cycles works to change this commonplace reality and break the cultural taboo that surrounds menstruation by getting women together to talk about their cycles and share information on how to handle them. Along the route, the cyclists will gather community for Period-Positive Workshops: safe spaces to have open and honest period talk.

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