Women's Equality Day 2011
On August 26, 2011, more than 30 organizations, including women’s and civil rights groups, along with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Attorney General Martha Coakley, gathered at the Boston Public Garden to commemorate Women’s Equality Day, marking the 91st anniversary of women’s suffrage. Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26, 1920, the day on which women won the right to vote. The event honored the Paget Family, founders of the Boston Swan Boats, by dedicating a new marker celebrating the Swan Boats as an integral feature of the Public Garden, a historic Boston landmark. Julia Paget ran the Swan Boats from 1878 to the early 1900s and overcame significant obstacles in order to be granted permission to run a woman-owned business at that time. The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail also announced a new walking trail ‘HerStory’ map featuring 30 historical sites related to the achievements of women in Boston, including the Swan Boats and the Boston Women’s Memorial.
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