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“Badass Women of Chicago History” Storytelling Event – Mar 20


What It’s About

Our 3rd annual storytelling event will celebrate Women’s History Month on March 20, 2020 and the call for presenters has opened. 

At “Badass Women of Chicago History,” the audience won’t hear the names they already know, like Jane Addams and Gwendolyn Brooks. True to the Chicago Detours ethos of sharing stories and places locals don’t even know, the characters presented will be Chicago heroines on the peripheries of history.

We will donate a portion of the ticket sales and a hold a giveaway to raise money for the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Call for Presenters

We are looking for lively presenters to tell us the stories of Chicago heroines we have never heard. If you’ve got a badass woman from the past you’d love to tell us about, read on! Or if you know the perfect storyteller for this, please forward!

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We want to hear about political leaders, business women, and community organizers, but also the everyday laborers, mothers, heroines, creators, scientists–you name it! We’d also love for these stories to be enhanced with some kind of media, such as a song, an artifact, or visual presentation (projector will be available). Beyond a factual overview, it would be great to hear stories with conflicts and resolutions. Presentations will be max 8 minutes.

To apply, please send email by Feb. 7 to [email protected] with subject line “Badass Submission.” Include your name, phone number, and any organization you might represent. Then in a max of 150 words, share your background, why your chosen woman is awesome, what her struggle or conflict was, and explanation of your media. We are looking to curate a compelling program with a variety of historical figures and an interesting mix of media. 

Call for Prizes

Do you work for a business, cultural organization, restaurant, bar, yoga studio or any other awesome place that might have gift cards or other prizes you would like to share? Email us [email protected] We will be doing a special giveaway that will raise donations for the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Event Location and Time

The 3rd Annual “Badass Women of Chicago History” event will be 7:30pm on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

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This event in 2019 was a huge success! We sold out, had awesome speakers and a very good time. Read about it in our recap here.


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Call: 312.350.1131
E-Mail: [email protected]