A wise one once said, “When women support each other, incredible things happen.”
It seems anything is possible through the encouragement and group work of women. From fighting for the right to vote 99 years ago to the first woman flying across the Atlantic Ocean 86 years ago, women have come a long way, but have more to accomplish–when women stick together, the sky's the limit… Minus Sally Ride, of course, who was the first woman in space 35 years ago.
In honor of these brave individuals who make women today proud to be women, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in 1987.
From art exhibits to comedy shows to book groups, learn about the influence of women in several different areas. In honor of Women’s History Month in March, here are five unique things you can do to celebrate women of both the past and today!
Hotbed Exhibition (170 Central Park West)
nyhistory 👩🏾👩🏾 On April 15, 1848, Mary and Emily Edmonson fled slavery aboard a ship called the Pearl—just two of the 70 fugitives comprising the largest escape ever attempted by enslaved people in the United States. Tragically, the Pearl was captured and both girls were sold back into slavery as "fancy girls," a euphemism for sex slaves. Led by their father Paul Edmonson, a group of abolitionists raised funds to emancipate the girls, who had become symbols for the evils of slavery because of their youth, appearance, and circumstances. But Mary and Emily were more than just symbols. 💪🏾💪🏾 They became active abolitionists in New York State, attending school and working with their father to free their still-enslaved siblings. 🗣🗣 At an 1850 antislavery meeting, they flanked Frederick Douglass and spoke out against the imprisonment of William Chaplin just days before. For a black woman to address a crowd at a time when some abolitionists, and many Americans, felt that women should not speak in public at all was a remarkable feat. 👉🏿👉🏿Read more about their incredible story at the link in bio. #blackhistorymonth #wcw #blackhistoryisAmericanhistory #womenshistory #womenhistoryisAmericanhistory
The New York Historical Society Museum and Library has an entire center dedicated to Women’s History.
You can visit the Hotbed Exhibition which “explores the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century.” Just in time for Women’s History Month celebrations!
Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum (1000 5th Avenue)
metropolitanmuseum Kimono: A Modern History. Shaped by Japanese tradition, the kimono has become a symbol of elegance and wealth. This elaborate robe was made to be worn by wealthy women and is often worn on special occasions today
Learn about badass women in history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Join Shady Ladies Tour for a two-hour to “meet the women who shattered the glass ceilings of their day—as artists who broke with convention, scientists who toppled stereotypes, and political figures who poisoned, slept, and protested their way to power.”
With a span of more than 3,000 years, you will get the opportunity to time travel from ancient Egypt to modern America.
Demo & Play: Women in Games (11 Times Square, March 15)
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In 2017, 42% of video gamers were women as compared to 10 years ago when 38% of gamers were women.
As female video game players are on the rise, so are the women behind them. Microsoft will be partnering with Playcrafting NYC to host a Demo & Play event from 6-9 PM. The demo “featuring an all-women lineup of developers presenting their games, plus a panel of female pros talking about inclusivity for women in the games industry” will take place at the Microsoft Office.
Astoria Bookshop’s Feminist Book Group (31-29 31st Street, Astoria, March 24)
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For our fellow bookworms, join the Astoria Bookshop for a meeting of their Feminist Book Group. Their next meeting is on Saturday, March 24th from 1-2 PM. With topics that include women’s rights and the status of women, the book group is currently reading and discussing The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani.
“When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start.”
Beyond Suffrage Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (5th Avenue & 103rd Street, March 25)
museumofcityny We're kicking off #WomensHistoryMonth with solidarity! ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏻 This portrait of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes taken in 2014 by photographer Dan Bagan is a recreation of the 1971 version for Esquire Magazine by Dan Wynn, which is considered to be one of the most iconic photographs of the women's movement in the United States. Steinem and Pitman-Hughes were co-founders of the ground-breaking feminist publication, Ms. Magazine, in New York City, and they were nationally known for speaking together on issues of gender, race, and class. . Learn more about their legacies and those of other pioneering New York women in "Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics," now on view! __ 📸Dan Bagan, 2014. #beyondsuffrage #womenshistory #nychistory #newyorkhistory @gloriasteinem @ms_magazine
Did you know that less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are women?
The Museum of the City of New York will be hosting a “Looking Beyond Suffrage” program and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as a partnership with Interference Archive. The “Looking Beyond Suffrage” program is scheduled for 1-3 pm and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place from 3-5 PM.
With a brief training session and help throughout the event, you can help combat the gender gap.
Funny Women: An Evening of Humor (647 Columbus Avenue, March 28)
goddardriverside TONIGHT: Catch the enchanting Afro-Brazilian rhythms of @batalanewyork at @berniewohlcenter as our #womenshistorymonth celebration continues!
W.H.A.M. (Women History Artist Month) will present a stand-up comedy event on March 28th from 7:30-9:30 PM.
This event is presented by film and TV writer/producer Caytha Jentis and hosted by Sandi Marx and will take place at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center.
[Feature Image Courtesy Melody Jacob]