Anne Hawley Picks Her Best Bostonians of All Time

The outgoing director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shares her top picks—all women who inspired her.

We’re asking prominent locals who they think are the Best Bostonians of all time. Below, Anne Hawley shares her picks. Play along by voting in our online game.

Isabella Stewart Gardner

“Goes without saying—she was the original installation artist. Her creation has inspired millions of people for generations.”

Mary Dyer

“A woman of integrity, she stood behind her convictions. She died for her convictions on the Boston Common where she was hung.”

Margaret Fuller

“A brilliant mind,the first woman allowed to use the Harvard Library, the first female correspondent for the New York Tribune. She was sent to cover the revolution in Italy in 1846 and allied with Mazzini. She later founded The Dial literary publication.”

Emily Dickinson

“She wrote from the soul. She hung words the way Isabella hung pictures—with intention and insight.”

Julia Child

“She cooked… (And that’s something I don’t know how to do.)”


Whom would you choose? Help us pick the Best Bostonians of all time.