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Brave Women FLX celebrates achievements across the region

Brave Women FLX, a tourism initiative in the Finger Lakes region, is commemorating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a week dedicated to celebrating influential women through various events, exhibits, and business showcases. Launched in 2020 to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, Brave Women FLX has expanded this year to include Brave Women Week, aligning with significant dates that honor women’s contributions to society.

Among the highlighted events is the “Represent: Great Women Artists” exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery, featuring a curated tour of artworks by female artists who have significantly impacted both the Rochester area and the broader art world. Jessica Marten, Curator of American Art at MAG, emphasized the exhibit’s relevance to contemporary women’s lives while honoring historical contributions in the arts.

The Strong Museum of Play is showcasing a Barbie exhibit, examining the doll’s evolution from the 1960s through her 200 careers, including representations of historically significant women. Michelle Parnett-Dwyer, Curator of Toys and Dolls, highlighted Barbie as an emblem of cultural perceptions of women over the decades, acknowledging her role as an early symbol of feminism. Brave Women Week aims to provide an insightful reflection on women’s roles and achievements, concluding on Sunday.