Lowell Women's Week open mic, 2014.

Lowell Women’s Week open mic, 2014.

All Lowell Women’s Week events are open to the public! Admission to programs is free unless otherwise noted. All events take place in Lowell unless otherwise noted. 

Please check back often as we will add events on a weekly basis leading up to Women’s Week. If you’d like to get involved with hosting an event, click here.

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>> Check out past years’ events here.



SUNDAY, MARCH 1  |  3:00pm – 4:30pm
Women’s Week Opening Reception: Celebrating 20 years of Lowell Women’s Week
Sponsored by Lowell Women’s Week Committee
Location: Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French Street 
Please join us at the opening reception of Celebrating 20 years of Lowell Women’s Week, an exhibit of art and artifacts. FREE and open to the public. No registration required.
Contact: Anne Mulvey / / 978-660-2889

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Death Cafe
Sponsored by Circle Home, Inc.
Location: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street
“Death Cafes” began in Europe and have quickly gained popularity across the U.S. This is not a therapy group, not grief support, and not a promotion of any product or service. It’s a group discussion without any agenda, objectives or themes. It’s simply an opportunity to discuss any and all aspects of death, breaking the stigma of silence around this topic, while enjoying some tasty refreshments. The objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to making the most of our finite lives.” Join us for Lowell’s first Death Café! Visit for more info. Registration not required but helpful for planning purposes. No cost to attend, all adults welcome. May not be suitable for the newly bereaved.
Contact: Irene Egan / / 978-805-2641
Public phone number: 978-459-9343

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3  |  7:35pm – 9pm
Public Film Screening:  Vulva 3.0 – A film by Claudia Richarz and Ulrike Zimmermann
(Release date: 2014, 52 min)

Sponsored by The Lowell Film Collaborative
Location: The Luna Theater, 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Special Women’s Week Event Admission Price: $8.00 per person

We live in hyper-sexualized times. The press, advertisements and TV are constantly putting naked women and their genitalia on display. But many women are still deeply prudish when it comes to the relationship with their own body. In public we see airbrushed, de-individualized anatomies which conform to the standards of attractiveness used by the porn industry. The ideal image of the smooth, perfectly shaped vulva with symmetrical labia has little to do with the actual shape of most female genitalia. The resultant insecurity many women feel about their own bodies has proven to be a goldmine for cosmetic genital surgery which promises to manufacture the perfect vagina via the surgeon’s scalpel. With their comprehensive and unflustered research into the history of this particular aspect of the female anatomy in the 21st century, the directors shed light on every facet of the matter in hand, from sex education to censorship, from the airbrushing of ‘misshapen’ labia in pornographic images to the work of activists against female genital mutilation — and, in doing so, celebrate the diversity of the female body!

“Amusing and horrifying by turns, but consistently fascinating throughout.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“An enthralling documentary.” —The Huffington Post
“Warm and affectionate whilst incredibly informative.” — Cinecola
“A wonderful start to a conversation about a socially taboo subject, deserving of more thorough exploration.”— Verite Film Magazine

Contact: Suzzanne Cromwell /

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5  |  8:30am – 10:00am
Women Leading
Sponsored by Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Location: Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St
In today’s fast-moving economy, women have more opportunities than ever to innovate and lead exciting challenges at work. Yet research shows women build networks and gain influence differently than men. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the art and science behind building confidence. You’ll learn skills to direct and influence meetings and be a more confident leader. Who should come: women in business and nonprofits who are interested in enhancing skills and building their networks. Pre-registration required! Registration will be set-up closer to the event at
Contact: / 978-970-1600

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Women of Empowerment
Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital & LCHC
Location: Lowell General Hospital Main Campus, Clark Auditorium, 295 Varnum Avenue
Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent women from local organizations. The event will include networking, dinner, and a panel discussion with Q&A. Pre-registration is required!
RSVP via email to: Neysha Wilkinson / / 978-788-7224

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6  |  12:30pm – 2:00pm
High Tea with High Powered Women
Sponsored by Middlesex Community College – Women’s Leadership Network
Location: MCC Lower Cafe, Cowan Center, 33 Kearney Square
Join us for this social networking event showcasing local women in our community living and promoting leadership roles. No pre-registration required.
Contact: Maria McDuffie / / 978-656-3457

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7  |  5:00pm – 7:00pm
Sponsored by Loading Dock Gallery
Location: Loading Dock Gallery @ Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue
Two Lowell artists tackle issues of impermanance and change and the natural process of aging in Degringolade, a month long art exhibit. The show will run from March 7 to April 2 with an opening night reception complete with light refreshments on March 7th. Free and open to the public at The Loading Dock Gallery, a not-for-profit gallery located at Western Avenue Studios.
Contact: Renee Mallett / / 978-394-2127
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