Women’s History Month in NYC: 5 Events You Should Attend this Year

Women’s History Month, celebrated every March, encourages the study of women in politics, culture, the arts, sciences, and academics. Women’s History Month brings attention to the contributions - and erasures - that constitute the colorful and inspiring history of women in America. Join NYXT and our content partners around Manhattan as we learn more about female voices in our national literature and culture as well as the history of our city with events throughout this month and the year.

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Herstory Day

When: Sunday, March 4

Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.

Cost: Free with museum admission

The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a free Hestory Day event for families, celebrating women’s history in New York City and honoring women who are working to preserve their own histories. The event features Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, and Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Activities include activists tote bag decorating, a scavenger hunt, and more. Get there early because the first 120 kids will also receive an autographed copy of Copeland’s book. Museum admission also includes entry into the exhibition Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics.

Women of Resistance

When: Tuesday, March 13

Where: Strand Books

Cost: $14.95 grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book.

Head to Strand Books for an evening with the poets and editors of Women of Resistance, a new poetry anthology that takes a feminist stance against the political system and current presidential administration’s attack on women’s rights. Poems that speak out against racism, sexism and violence from both new and established writers form an intricate tapestry of womanhood sure to be reflected in the dynamic panel discussion. Proceeds raised from sales of the collection support Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Judith Bernstein and Mickalene Thomas in Conversation

When: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: National Academy of Design, 5 East 89th Street

Cost: Free

Join pioneering feminist artists Judith Bernstein and Mickalene Thomas for an intimate conversation in the National Academy of Design’s Salon series, “In Conversation.” Judith Bernstein’s numerous exhibitions have been described as “masterpieces of feminine protest” while Mickalene Thomas is internationally renowned for her challenge to traditional notions of femininity and beauty. Develop a new appreciation for the power of art in challenging the representation of women and in empowering political discourse in this unique interview-style event.

A City Made by Women: New Perspectives

When: Sunday, March 25, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Museum of the History of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.

Cost: $20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members

Spend the afternoon at the Museum of the History of New York for a symposium “A City Made by Women: New Perspectives” uncovering and celebrating the stories of feminist activists from the suffragettes of the early 20th century to today. Learn more about the women’s rights leaders of the 1930s and the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and reflect on our present political moment with a keynote lecture by Samhita Mukhopadhyay, new Executive Editor of Teen Vogue and co-editor of the 2017 book Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America.

While you’re at the museum, be sure to check out the exhibition Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics. Stay at the museum after the talks to try your hand at expanding the historical record by participating in a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the museum. Plan to publish new records on feminist activism by bringing your laptop and charger to the museum; the museum will provide wifi, reference materials, and coffee.

Hot Pink Party

When: May 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

Where: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue

Mark your calendar for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 2018 Hot Pink Party, a benefit that raises crucial funds for BCRF’s lifesaving breast cancer research. 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. So while you’re celebrating the history and achievements of our country’s women this month, visit hotpinkparty.org to purchase your tickets to “party with a purpose,” raising awareness and funding for the hundreds of thousands of women affected by breast cancer every year.

Related Blog: National Women’s History Month: 5 Key Facts


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