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Celebrate International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day

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Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Brandywine with special events and exhibitions! Begin the day exploring Votes for Women: A Visual History to discover the compelling imagery of the suffrage movement and honor the suffragists who secured women the right to vote 100 years ago. View a replica of the Justice Bell, which was originally created to promote the cause for women's suffrage in 1915. Listen to a stirring vocal performance by the Lincoln University Choir and Women’s Ensemble. Learn about Lucretia Mott, a tenacious suffragist who spent her life fighting for the rights of women and African Americans, during a special theatrical performance of Under the Bonnet. And engage creatively through an artmaking and letter-writing project to shine a light on the bravery and brilliance of changemakers from both the past and present.


12–3 p.m.
“Upstanders Festival” presented by the Museum of Impact

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During this artful and interactive pop-up event, engage creatively through an artmaking and letter-writing project to historical figures, social justice leaders and future selves in order to shine a light on the bravery and brilliance of changemakers from both the past and present. Activities will focus on voting rights and be led by Monica O. Montgomery, Founding Director of the Museum of Impact. This festival transforms audiences from bystanders to “Upstanders” through a variety of activities designed to enhance equity and creative expression.


1–2 p.m.
Lincoln University Choir and Women’s Ensemble

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Listen to a stirring vocal performance by the Lincoln University Choir and Women’s Ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Camilla Horne, the Choir and Ensemble are known for their vocal excellence and for maintaining African American traditions in their music, which includes choral repertoire from all musical eras. Located in Chester County, PA, Lincoln University was founded in 1854 as the nation's first degree-granting Historically Black College and University.


2–3 p.m.
Under the Bonnet: Lucretia Mott

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Presented by Beacon Theatre Productions, Under the Bonnet is a play about Lucretia Mott, a tenacious woman who spent her life fighting for the rights of women and African Americans. Mott abided by the Quaker tenet that all people are equal. She helped found the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments for the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, igniting the fight for women’s suffrage. She also helped found Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and continued her resolve for creating equality until her final days. Under the Bonnet reveals the strength and tenacity of her character and accomplishments, and conversations with her husband, James Mott, and Frederick Douglass allows us a glimpse of the tender and compassionate woman under the bonnet. This 40-minute production will be followed by a talkback discussion with the actors. 

The play is included with regular Museum admission. Advance tickets sold out; walk-up tickets will be available.

This performance is part of Art of the Vote presented by PNC Arts Alive.