Chicago Detours, voted “Best Tour of Chicago” by the Chicago Reader in 2019, curated a special virtual tour for Women’s History Month, “Badass Women of History.” This live and interactive virtual event, highlighting diverse historical women with Chicago ties that forged groundbreaking paths in science, business, culture and social justice that span the globe and continue to impact us today.
I attended the tour on International Women’s Day, March 8th. As I was prepping dinner and listening, I had to stop cutting onions because it was that interesting. I was learning about women in history who I had never heard of and I loved that I resonated with how they thought. These were the people who made it possible for me to have a full-time job and support myself so I could pay for this kitchen where I was preparing dinner. I left the one-hour zoom Women’s History Month tour feeling empowered and mostly grateful.
The host covered a diverse range of women and history from art and sculpture, LGBTQ and the 1893 World’s Fair with Enid Yandell, to the history of aviation with Bessie Coleman, to Japanese Culture and WWII with Iva Toguri D’Aquino, to the Lyric Opera, ballet and Native American heritage with Maria Tallcheif, to the founder of American Women in Psychology with Naomi Weisstein and much more.
I loved how each woman had a Chicago connection with an inspiring life story.
With four Women’s History events throughout March, “Badass Women of History” began March 8th at 6 pm CT and the last tour is Saturday, March 27th at 1 pm CT. You can grab your tickets here.
From a daredevil pilot, a trailblazing sculptor from the 1893 World’s Fair, and a fierce labor union leader, there’s a lot of badass women throughout history. Learning about the people who risked their jobs, their reputation, and their lives was so inspiring. It made me realize how important it is to believe in change and also to find opportunities to change the world, and commit to living that out.