11 Ways to Celebrate Women in Indiana

11 Ways to Celebrate Women in Indiana

Updated March 2022

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 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 not listed in any certain order.

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1. Candles Holocaust Museum

1532 S 3rd St, Terre Haute, IN

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.

Candles Holocaust Museum

2. Culbertson Mansion

914 E Main St, New Albany, IN

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.

Culbertson Mansion

3. Eiteljorg Museum

500 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN

The Eiteljorg Museum is celebrating women with their exhibit, Powerful Women II: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection (open until March 13, 2022), which 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)

Eiteljorg Museum

4. Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN

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.

You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women

5. Indiana Fever, Indianapolis

125 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN

Celebrate women athletes 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.

Tamika Catchings
6. The Indianapolis Propylaeum

1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN

The Indianapolis Propylaeum motto is “A place that connects and celebrates women.” Since 1888, the Propylaeum has been offering women a place to use their voices to inspire and support each other through diverse Indianapolis programs. You can check out their list of events and activities to get involved!

7. Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, Fountain City

201 US-27, Fountain City, IN 47341

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.

Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
8. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bloomington

1133 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47405

The “Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” is an exhibit at the University of Indiana’s art museum presented by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NWMA). It will feature more than 180 prints by contemporary women artists from July 14, 2022, to December 11, 2022.  Admission to the museum is free.

9. Purdue University’s Discovery Park, West Lafayette

610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907

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. It is free to visit Discovery Park.

10. Newfields, Indianapolis

4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN

The art museum in Indianapolis, Newfields, is offering a “Powerful Women of Newfields” tour every Saturday in March, at 11:30 a.m. The tour features women artists, those portrayed in important portraits, and women art collectors and patrons.

Newfields in Indianapolis
11. The History Museum, South Bend

808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN

The “All-American Girls Professional Baseball League” exhibit at The History Museum in South Bend is a permanent display celebrating the first and only all-female professional baseball league.

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League exhibit

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