Ladies First & Always: 6 Best Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in NYC

It's bullsh*t that we even need Women's History Month, but, maybe someday we won't.

Anyway, women in the United States have made tremendous strides. We can vote, own property, and not be ostracized if we aren't married now. 

These are all huge wins, and they were made possible by all the incredible women who rocked the feminist movement.

Women's History Month, or, you know, March, is a great time to celebrate these women.

We're talking about women from all walks of life, from all races, classes, and corners of the globe, by the way. We can't discount intersectional feminism.

Happily, NYC Parks is putting on a whole bunch of Women's History Month events, and there are plenty of other events going down all throughout this city this month. Read on to find out what they are.

1. Me, My Hair, and I at the New York Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd Street)

itssuleika Honored to have an essay in the #MeMyHairAndI book alongside Anne Lammott, Jane Green, Deborah Hoffman and 27 amazing women. Out in bookstores today!

At the New York Public Library on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m., there will be twenty-seven women discussing a topic that's all too poignant for women: their hair.

There will be a ton of famous authors at the New York Public Library to discuss their hair. In attendance will be Elizabeth Benedict, Siri Hustvedt, Honor Moore, and many more.


All these incredible women will candidly share tales from their lives all centering around the hair on their heads.

If you've ever been a woman, you know how much this matters. This event is first-come, first-served.

2. Where are the Women? A Free Public Lecture (3266 Bainbridge Avenue - the Bronx)

women_you_should_know The blinding snow and whipping winds that Winter Storm Jonas is still throwing around in NYC today are nothing for this powerhouse duo to endure as they stood up to much worse than some bad weather in their day. Yes, this is a real street corner in NYC (our favorite). Yes, it is just blocks from our office. #susanbanthony #elizabethcadystanton #womenshistory

This free public lecture will take place at the Valentine-Varian House in the Bronx on Saturday, March 5th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Why? Well, there's a problem with Central Park's statues, and it sort of represents the problem with the United States. There are 22 statues honoring men in Central Park and none honoring women.

As a result, Coline Jenkins, legislator, author, television producer, and great, great granddaughter of famous suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton will discuss her involvement in bringing statues of women's rights pioneers in Central Park.

She'll definitely have some cool stuff to say. This is a good way to spend your Saturday, and you should come check it out.

3. Women on Film Series: "Dark Girls" (1555 Linden Blvd - Brooklyn)

anti_barbie_ Watching 'Dark Girls' Film tonight - So excited to listen to others speaking about the issue of colourism. --- I wrote a research paper on Colourism in Cultural Anthropology toward the end of the degree. Presenting the discussion in a 99% Caucasian class I wrongly assumed that regardless of cultural background, a class of both senior and young, 3rd year to post grad students of Anthropology and Sociology had never heard of this concept. They were shocked and were sceptical that I was even telling the truth regardless of the photographic evidence I had to give examples. Focussing on skin bleaching, hair relaxing, weave and wig epidemics and the connections to dermatological cancers, and light skin vs dark skin tragedy that has swept across the Internet in recent years. It was so hurtful doing the research for the essay, having to gather images from advertising, celebrity before and after images etc and reading the logic behind the phenomenon. These women and men to me are immediately so beautiful. Thinking of the Tupac Shakur lyrics "the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, the darker the flesh than the deeper the roots'. Unfortunately regardless of my opinion this is a destructive and negative phenomenon. After thousands of years of slavery, racism and persecution suffered by those harking from Africa and in the last 60 years African American people have began finally being acknowledged through the civil rights movement. Slowly but surely. And still the evil of racism poisons the life in the water. It is the White devil that is still poisoning the pride, self love and appreciation of self of African American people. The whole skin bleaching and light skin vs dark skin phenomena is once again an instrument of the institution of whit domination and embedded evil within the legacy of the colonial beast. ➡️ #film #darkskin #love #beautiful #amazing #gorgeous #inspiration #blackpower #blackandproud #darkgirls #peace #healing #racism #skinbleach #goodhair #onelove #blessed #darkgirlsfilm

Too often, the feminist movement ignores intersectional feminism, and focuses instead on a very specific narrative of women fighting for equal rights.

That's why this movie screening is important. Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary that focuses on the prejudices that dark skinned women face throughout the world.


This film involves women sharing their own deeply touching personal narratives, and provide the space for empowerment and healing on the way.

There will be a discussion afterward, too, which is always a good time to digest what you've just learned. This event will take place on Thursday, March 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and it's totally free.


4. Printing Women at the New York  Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd Street)

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The New York Public Library is doing a lot for Women's History Month, including establishing an exhibit for printing women.

This exhibit which is currently on display at the Schwarzman Building, features the work of three centuries of female printmakers, from 1570 to 1900.


This exhibit features work that hasn't been on display since 1901, from famous artists like Henriette Louisa Koenen, Angelica Kauffman, Maria Cosway, and also rare and unusual prints made by Queen Victoria, Charlotte Napoleon, and Marquise de Pompadour.

Basically, you should come check it, alright?

5. Girls in Science and Engineering Day at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum (46th Street and 12th Avenue)

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Girls have rocked these typically male-dominated professions. Amelia Earhart, anyone?

We're pleased that the Intrepid Air and Space Museum not only recognizes this, but is holding a Girls in Science and Engineering day on March 12th to celebrate and commemorate these super smart women.

This day, there will be hands-on experiences, exciting demonstrations, and creative discussions. It'll all be offered by several science-based organizations, clubs, and colleges.

It'll be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and if you register online by Wednesday, March 9th, your admission will be free. Register here.

6. The Role of Culture in Social Change at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway - Brooklyn)

yourlittleshark #AGITPROP exhibit at @brooklynmuseum 's #SacklerCenter #feminist #art #suffrage SOOOOO GOOD!! ✊🏻👭

What better place to celebrate Women's History Month than at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, right?

Yeah, we agree. There isn't a better spot in the city to get your Women's History Month on than at the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.


This talk will take place on the 3rd floor at 2 p.m., and will focus on the role that art's played in many social movements.

It'll will include speakers like Kathleen Cleaver, former Communications Secretary for the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Monica Dennis, New York Organizer for Black Lives Matter, and many more.

It's taking place on March 20th, at 2 p.m., and is free with museum admission.

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