WeWalk: Behind the Scenes of Opening the Way

Opening the Way is a walking tour celebrating women's history in downtown Manhattan. It is a multifaceted new project developed by the award-winning nonprofit organization Women's eNews. The walk honors the achievements of women such as Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells -- 21 women in all. This blog has been created to update fans of the walk on its exciting developments and expansion. Please join us in revitalizing history that has been ignored or forgotten!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Opening the Way with the New York Historical Society

The tour stops at Federal Hall, Wall Street

Women’s eNews staff were excited to host the launch of Opening the Way on Saturday, October 23rd in partnership with the New York Historical Society. This was the first tour since the women's history walk has gone through some changes including the addition of several new women and locations on the hour long circuit.

Feminists and history buffs came out to join us and learn about 21 fascinating women hidden from view on the streets of downtown New York, gasping with joy, listening intently and adding their own nuggets of information.

Betsy Wade and Jim Boylan, the walk's creators, led two separate groups. Betsy Wade is a former editor and reporter for the New York Times, and was president of Local 3, the Newspaper Guild. Jim Boylan is the founder of the Columbia Journalism Review, and a historian of the Progressive era.

Watch a clip from the tour, in which Betsy Wade discusses Margaret Sanger with a group in City Hall Park:

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