by Lauren Gunderson
February 13-17 and 20-24 at 7:30 p.m.
February 18 & 25 at 2 p.m.
The woman who opened our eyes to the cosmos.
As Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars in her free time at the Harvard Observatory, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a women’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believed in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and the Earth. Recommended for ages 11 and older.