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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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]