Resilient sisterhood project Presents 

A Celebration to Remember Our Foremothers in Gynecology

On Saturday, May 11, 2019 Resilient Sisterhood Project (RSP) will honor the contributions of enslaved women who were experimented on without their “informed consent.”  During the 1840s in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. James Marion Sims, long lauded as “the Father of Modern Gynecology” by the medical establishment, exercised inhumane and unethical conduct through his experiments on nearly a dozen black women, three of whom he bought – known to us only as Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy. This celebratory event to recognize these women as our “Foremothers in Gynecology” will include music, dance, poetry and lectures. A major highlight will be the unveiling of three pieces of artwork done by a well-known African American artist, Jules Arthur.

The Resilient Sisterhood Project is excited and thankful to have The Boston Foundation as our major sponsor for the event.  Here is what they have to say in their support of RSP.

Sponsored by

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“The Boston Foundation is proud to support the Resilient Sisterhood Project’s Mother’s Day Celebration. Our support reflects our Mission Statement, which states that we devote our resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. In addition, our Values Statement reflects our commitment to broadening participation, fostering collaboration and healing racial, ethnic and community divisions. Through our Health and Wellness strategy, we focus on cross-sector approaches that address the social determinants of health and reduce health-care costs through a major focus on prevention. We thank the Resilient Sisterhood Project for its focus on furthering the health of black and immigrant women of African descent.”


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Driving Directions

Guests should park in the Davis Parking Facility next to Alumnae Hall
Please click here for driving directions

Invited Speakers:

Reverend Mariama Hammond, Emcee

Sope Aluko, “Black Panther” Actress and Social Activist

Dr. Paula Johnson, Wellesley College President

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Author, “Medical Bondage”

Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman

Evelynn Hammonds, Professor, Harvard University

Mariana Ortiz, East Harlem Preservation

Layli Maparyan, Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women





Unveiling of commissioned artworks by Jules Arthur


For sponsorship information, please contact: or 617-590-4003