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RMSC plans exhibition on local women who changed the world

Apr 15, 2020

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center is thinking ahead to the time when it can reopen.

On Tuesday, it said it plans to open a new exhibit this fall that's inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and celebrates the stories of regional innovators.

The exhibit, scheduled to open in October, is called,  The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.

Kathryn Murano Santos is senior director of collections & exhibitions at RMSC.

``The groundbreaking new exhibition…will celebrate both historic and contemporary women visionaries and trailblazers from the Rochester region and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy," Murano Santos says.

Jane Plitt, author of the biography of pioneering female entrepreneur Martha Matilda Harper, is one of those changemakers featured in the exhibit.

She says the museum is bringing together the stories of extraordinary Rochester women like Harper, Susan B. Anthony, Amy Post, and Louise Slaughter.

``It is with great enthusiasm that these women, but many more, will be showcased at this exhibit," Plitt says.

The museum also brought in three diversity and inclusion consultants representing the Haudenosaunee, African American, Latinx and Asian communities to help craft the exhibit.

They include author, activist, and anthropologist Irma McClaurin.

She says the exhibit powerful, and it's designed to illustrate and educate everyone who sees it.

``On how diversion, equity and inclusion can work, not just in theory, but in actual practice," McClaurin says.

The new exhibit is scheduled to open October 9.