Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, US
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Join us on the Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia and experience a side of the city that you won't find in the history books. Tired of the same old stories about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin? Then this tour is for you! Walk alongside the incredible women who shaped this city of sisterly love and hear their untold stories of entrepreneurship, activism, and artistry. From the forgotten founder Hannah Callowhill Penn to the lesbian pioneer Barbara Gittings, you'll uncover the hidden history of Philadelphia's badass women. Learn about Ona Judge's daring escape from George Washington, explore the contributions of women in medicine and art, and discover the LGBTQ leaders in the Gayborhood. This tour is a must for anyone seeking a unique and empowering experience in the City of Brotherly Love. Book now and be inspired by the extraordinary women who made Philadelphia what it is today.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 1 hours 45 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover the forgotten female founder of Philadelphia
  • Learn about Ona Judge and her great escape from George Washington
  • Explore the first women doctors in America
  • Experience the LGBTQ leaders in the Gayborhood
  • Visit the iconic women's artist club on Camac Street
  • Knowledgeable Local Guide

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Get ready to ditch the boring history lessons about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure in Philadelphia. Introducing the Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia, where you'll discover the remarkable women who shaped this city of sisterly love. Uncover the untold stories of the incredible entrepreneurs, doctors, politicians, artists, and activists who have made Philadelphia the vibrant place it is today. This tour promises to provide you with a fresh perspective on the city's history and introduce you to the unsung heroines who deserve recognition.

What to expect?

During the Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia, you can expect to be immersed in captivating stories and little-known facts about influential women who have left their mark on the city. From Hannah Callowhill Penn, the forgotten founder, to Ona Judge, who made a daring escape from George Washington, you'll hear tales of resilience, courage, and triumph. Explore the contributions of Barbara Gittings, a lesbian pioneer, and learn about the inspiring women in medicine and art, such as the Red Rose Girls. Discover the significant role of LGBTQ leaders in the Gayborhood. This tour will give you a fresh perspective on Philadelphia's history and showcase the remarkable achievements of women who often go unnoticed.

Who is this for?

The Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia is perfect for anyone seeking a unique and empowering experience. History enthusiasts, feminists, and those passionate about women's contributions to society will find this tour particularly captivating. Whether you're a solo traveler, a group of friends, or a curious local, this tour welcomes you with open arms. Embracing inclusivity, the tour aims to inspire and educate people of all backgrounds, ensuring that no one is left out. Join this tour and celebrate the incredible women who have shaped Philadelphia's rich history.

Why book this?

What sets the Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia apart is its focus on empowering stories that have often been overlooked. This tour challenges the traditional narrative by shining a light on the unsung heroines who have played crucial roles in shaping Philadelphia's history. Led by knowledgeable local guides, you'll gain unique insights into the lives and achievements of remarkable women. By booking this tour, you'll not only expand your knowledge but also support the important work of highlighting women's contributions. Celebrate the strength, resilience, and trailblazing spirit of the badass women who defied societal norms and left a lasting impact on Philadelphia.

Good to know

The Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia is wheelchair accessible upon request, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this immersive experience. Prepare for an approximately 2-hour tour filled with captivating stories and historical insights. Wear comfortable shoes as you explore the city's streets and landmarks. The tour's meeting point is conveniently located at 13th and Locust, by Bud and Marilyn's, making it easily accessible for participants. Don't miss out on this opportunity to delve into a side of Philadelphia's history that is often overlooked.


Reviews from individuals who have taken the Badass Women's History Walking Tour of Philadelphia rave about the eye-opening experience it provides. Participants have expressed their gratitude for learning about the incredible women who have shaped the city and their newfound appreciation for their contributions. Many have praised the knowledgeable guides who bring the stories to life and make the tour engaging and inspiring. Overall, the tour has received excellent feedback, with participants highlighting the importance of celebrating women's history and the impact the tour has had on their understanding of Philadelphia's past. Don't just take our word for it, join the tour and discover the stories that will leave you inspired and in awe.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Independence Hall

Hear about our forgotten female founder, Hannah Callowhill Penn. Explore her legacy alongside the main sites of Independence Hall Pall.

Liberty Bell Center

(Pass by)

Opportunity to take a picture with the Liberty Bell

The President's House

Hear about Ona Judge and her great escape from George Washington.

Pennsylvania Hospital - Historic Tours

See the America's first hospital in founded in 1751 and hear about the first women doctors.

Admission Not Included


Hear about LGBTQ leaders in the Gayborhood.

The Philadelphia Sketch Club

Explore the iconic Camac Street and see the women's artist club where many women artists built their skills, collaborated and work shopped their art.



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I was in Philly for a bachelorette party and my group took the Badass Women’s History Tour. The forecast said it was going to rain and did it ever! Joey, our tour guide, was so accommodating and did his best to keep us under shelter or inside during the tour. He was informative and made the tour fun and engaging. This was my first time in Philly and I was amazed by the diverse group of women that made this town what it is today. Thank you Joey for being a great tour guide and humoring our group by wearing your matching “Vote For Women” sash!!


This was such a fun and amazing tour. A women's network group (NAWBO) went for International Women's Day which was perfect for this kind of tour. Co-Founder Joey Leroux was knowledgeable about Women Historians in Philadelphia, and his sense of humor did not disappoint. You can tell that he truly enjoys what he does, and btw I still think he looks like he's 21. He took his time, explained everything, and made sure that we had enough time for Q&A. I would book with him again! Kudos great job!


We had a wonderful tour with Rebecca. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful and funny. Would highly recommend to everyone (tourist and Philly residents alike).


Joey was our guide for this outstanding tour. He was very personable and provided a lot of historical information. The tour is very accurately described and I would highly recommend it.


I've lived in Philly for almost 10 years, but walking around the city with Rebecca on the Badass Women's History walking tour, I gained a whole new appreciation for the city I call home. The tour spotlights the women that defined Philadelphia (and American) history, challenging gender norms and breaking barriers. A far cry from the usual tales of George Washington and Ben Franklin, the Badass Women's History tour offers a chance for tourists and locals to rethink everything they've learned about our nation's history and acquaint themselves with some of the lesser known ladies who deserve recognition in the history books. Loved this tour and Rebecca's wealth of knowledge and humor made it even more memorable!


Rebecca was a great tour guide! She had so many fun facts and stories I’d never heard before. Definitely recommend touring with her!


Rebecca was fantastic! Our group had a great time and learned a ton. A large portion of us were Philly natives, and we all really felt like we were hearing new information and new perspectives that we haven't had the chance to hear before. Would highly recommend Beyond the Bell!


My 12 year old granddaughter who was visiting from Colorado, my daughter and I took the Badass Women of Philadelphia tour, along with two other women. Amanda was the perfect tour guide - very friendly, knew her facts and encouraged us to ask questions along the way. The tour was so interesting. We learned things about Philly that we'd never been taught, such as black and LGBTQ history, and truly awe inspiring women of the past - like Ona Judge, who fled enslavement from George and Martha Washington. I would recommend this tour to anyone, especially those wanting to find out about what you may not have learned in school.


This was a fascinating tour highlighting lesser-known history that is right under our noses in Philly. There were multiple locals (including myself) on this tour and we all learned so many stories about our city from hundreds of years ago to only a few years back that we didn't know about. Our tour guide Amanda was thoughtful, compelling, and obviously had a deep knowledge of all of the stories on the tour. It was well-paced and just the right amount of information to take in during the two hours. I appreciated the wide variety of stories and all of the fascinating tidbits. I can't wait to go on another Beyond the Bell tour!


I had the best experience with this tour group! There is a real emphasis on highlighting the different types of women in Philly. The tour guide Rebecca is definitely adding her name to badass women in history.
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2024-05-25 23:11