11 Ways to Celebrate Women in Indiana
March is International Women’s Month and as a woman and mother of daughters, I feel the importance of acknowledging this month. Teaching my daughters to feel empowered and able, yet also humbled and respectful to all, is not an easy task. I’ve gathered up some resources and put together a list of activities in Indiana that celebrate women. Perhaps my most favorite is #1, the Candles Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute. This museum was started by a woman who I respect for her courage, character, and message.
Activities and events are labeled alphabetically and include the Indiana city in which they are located.
COVID disclaimer: When traveling and visiting businesses, please check state and business guidelines and hours before arriving. As always, be safe for yourself and others!
1. Candles Holocaust Museum, Terre Haute
The Candles Holocaust Museum was founded by Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor and is Indiana’s only Holocaust Museum. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, suffered greatly as they were subjected to human experiences during the Holocaust. After the Holocaust, Eva married an American citizen, had children, and resided in Terre Haute, Indiana where she lived for the remainder of her life. Eva was the founder of CANDLES and an activist in educating others about the Holocaust and the power of forgiveness.
2. Culbertson Mansion, New Albany
The “Remarkable Women Tour” is happening at the Culbertson Mansion during the month of March, every Wednesday at 11 am. The tour highlights the Culbertson family wives, daughters, domestic servants, and employees.
3. Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
The Eiteljorg Museum is celebrating Western Ranch women with their new 2021 exhibit: Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women (open until April 25, 2021) It includes 62 black and white photographs that celebrate women of the range of the west. A second exhibit, Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection (open until October 3, 2021), highlights artistic work from women artists. These pieces reflect issues of personal identity, political agency, memory, and violence against women. (Note: some pieces contain topics of sexual violence and sexual assault)
4. Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
The Indiana Historical Society is featuring the You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women exhibit (available until Apr 2, 2022) at the Indiana History Center. Madam Walker was the daughter of freed slaves, a widow, and a single mother who overcame her circumstances and became a self-made millionaire in Indiana. Her story on entrepreneurship, activism, and philanthropy is celebrated in this exhibit.
Indiana Fever, Indianapolis
Celebrate our women athlete’s with an Indiana Fever game at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Indiana Fever is in association with the WNBA and has included players Katie Douglas and Tully Bevilaqua, and Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings. If you have a child aged 8-15, sign them up for the Jr. Fever Camp, a 3-hour basketball camp coached by Shenise Johnson and National Basketball Academy coaches.
5. Indiana Historical Society, various Indiana locations
The Indiana Historical Society will have a special traveling exhibit, “Securing the Vote: Women’s Suffrage in Indiana,” available through 2021 at various locations in Indiana.
6. Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Madison
The “Ladies of Lanier” is happening at the Lanier Mansion during the month of March, every Wednesday at 3 pm. The tour highlights the women who lived in the Lanier Mansion and influenced the Madison area.
7. Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site & Interpretive Center, Fountain City
Catharine Coffin played a vital role in helping freedom seekers make their way to Canada from the south. Along with her husband, Levi, she opened up her home to anyone needing a safe shelter – feeding and welcoming them in at all hours. Along with raising her own children and operating a 24/7 home that was a part of the Underground Railroad, Catharine organized a sewing society that made clothing for freedom seekers. You can visit the Coffin Home & Interpretive Center in Fountain City, Indiana.
8. Monroe County History Center, Bloomington
The exhibit, “SEE HER RUN: Monroe County Women in Politics” will be available from March 2 through September 30, 2021, at the Monroe County History Center. The exhibit will highlight important events and the role women involved in politics and public service had.
9. Purdue University’s Discovery Park, West Lafayette
Janice Elaine Voss was an American engineer and NASA Astronaut, she spent over 49 days in space and traveled 18.8 million miles. A 45-feet in diameter scaled model of the solar system, named the VOSS Model, honors Janice at Purdue’s Discovery Park in West Lafayette.
10. Newfields, Indianapolis
The art museum in Indianapolis, Newfields, is offering a “Powerful Women of Newfields” tour every Saturday in March, at 11:30 am. The tour features women artists, those portrayed in important portraits, and women art collectors and patrons.
11. The History Museum, South Bend
The exhibit, “Votes for Women,” at The History Museum in South Bend will be available through March 2021. The Exhibit celebrates local women who have contributed and made a positive difference in the community.