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Five Louisville Attractions to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Glad Doggett


With March being Women’s History Month in the United States, and Monday, March 8 being recognized internationally as Women’s Day,” there’s no better time to celebrate the impact and achievements of women throughout history. The best way to honor women in Louisville is to visit local attractions that celebrate women. Below is a list of attractions in Louisville, Kentucky, that currently spotlight women who have made their mark in a variety of industries.

Bloomer Girls: Baseball, Bikes & the Battle for the Ballot

Go back in time to 1851 when fashion met activism as suffragist Amelia Jenks Bloomer debuted “bloomer” pants. The new look replaced the heavy dresses and corsets of the time with loose-fitting pants. Learn about the Bloomer Girls—a semi-professional baseball team that traveled the country between 1890 and 1930 as they challenged men’s teams and helped inspire other women to challenge gender stereotypes as they also worked to get women the right to vote under the 19th Amendment. Hurry, this exhibit ends March 31. Contact the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory for more informtion.

What is a Vote Worth? Suffrage Then & Now

Located directly across the street from the Slugger Museum you’ll find the Frazier History Museum’s exhibit highlighting the women’s suffrage movement across Kentucky and the U.S. which honors the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Learn about life before suffrage, see historic artifacts and discover struggles from the past that continue into the 21st century. Contact the Frazier History Museum about tours and for more information.

Right to Ride

This new exhibit showcases the accomplishments of women jockeys and their fight that began in the 1960s against outdated gender restrictions, which kept them from their dream of careers on horseback. Hear stories of how these intrepid women who refused to settle, and how it changed history for future female jockeys in this playful, retro exhibition. While exploring the museum, be sure to check some of the fun fashion that is on display at the Kentucky Derby in the Railbird Runway, a collection that highlights the various outfits from the outlandish to the forward-thinking. Contact the Kentucky Derby Museum for details of the exhibit.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

See fashion history through the lens of trompe- l'œil. This exhibit is full of life-sized costumes that appear to be fabric, but are actually actually made from paper. Beginning in 1994, de Borchgrave created paper works that culminated in four fashion collections ranging from the fashion of Elizabeth I to 20th century Venice to tributes to famous artists like Picasso and Matisse. Contact the Speed Art Museum about his artistic, unique exhibit.

Rose Pero & the Cross Country Weavers Guild

Rose Pero’s artwork is on display from her collection between 1960 and 1971 that was part of the Cross Country Weavers Guild, founded as a “study group” of sorts for weavers to develop their own knowledge, ability and weaving collection. While visiting, learn about the history of the Little Loomhouse dating back to the 1860s, its tie to the White House, and the history of the “Happy Birthday” song that was first performed at the Loomhouse in the 1890s. The exhibit runs from March 6 - April 3. Contact The Little Loomhouse for more information about the exhibit.

Spring is in the air and it's an ideal time to get outside and explore the 30 woman-owned businesses in the Nulu neighborhood by following the Women-Owned Wallet Walking Tour through Nulu. More than 30 women-owned businesses are featured on this self-guided tour.

If the pandemic has prevented you from spending time with your best girlfriends, then the Girlfriends' Getaway hotel package is for you. Create a one-of-a-kind trip for yourself and up to three friends. You can choose from 106 Louisville hotels, and you can pick a few Louisville attractions and bourbon distilleries to visit during your stay. The trip includes a special welcome bag when you book your room. For more details, contact the Louisville's Visitors Center.

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