Boston Women's Heritage Trail

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Walking along the route of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail was not only an educationally enriching experience, but an eye-opening one as well. It was quite humbling to see first-hand where these three distinguished women, Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, and Lucy Stone (amongst others), made their mark on both American and literary history. Along the walk, I found that the various plaques and monuments honoring these literarians, aided in both conveying and portraying their various accomplishments and advancements in both women’s rights as well as in literature. One monument, which I found to be the most moving, was able to encapsulate all of the above into an inspiring piece of art. This was the first stop on the Ladies Walk, The Boston Women’s Memorial. I felt as though it set a precedent for the rest of the walk, as this was such a touching piece. Amongst everything portrayed in this statue, I found it most interesting that instead of standing on her monument, like a good majority of (masculine) statues are designed to do, each woman is using it. This being said, I think that the manner in which Adams, Stone, and Wheatley are placed upon their own personal monument speaks volumes for their respective character and roles they played in history.
Wheatley is portrayed sitting,
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I ventured over to the Massachusetts State House, more specifically Doric Hall. There, I was able to view the “Hear Us” six-part mural (one for each letter of “hear us,” which I thought was extremely creative in itself). The mural served to, “Honor the contributions of women to public life in Massachusetts” (PAMPHLET). The woman that the walk particularly highlights in this mural is Lucy Stone, for her suffragist accolades. The (main) quote on her plaque is from her speech to the National Woman’s Rights Convention of 1855, it
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